One of the toughest yet most cleansing occurrences within the last year was losing material items that I found so much value in. I've never considered myself materialistic. The only labels I've been attached to were the ones in grocery stores, but even that has changed. I'm not label obsessed but I like nice clothes & shoes. I'd usually hunt the likes of Marshalls, TJ Maxx, Forever 21 , H & M and sometimes thrift shops for my cute finds. I did absolutely have a lot of shoes and clothes (as my friends would claim). I didn't have luxury apartment or car, or even a high paying salary but losing those things in whatever sense you have them, will make you rethink about life. I learned to find peace and not allow my happiness or joy to come from things, but boy oh boy was it and is it a challenge. I learned that no matter what I have or don't have, its really my health: physical, mental, and spiritual which is priceless.
So often when we have things, we neglect certain parts of our health; for some they neglect eating healthy or if they make the excuse of being too busy, its fitness. For others, they go go go are sooo goal oriented, and never sit to BE still, present or appreciative of what they've done. Others have had so many people, or very few really important people hurt them, and they neglect their emotional or mental health by creating barriers and never facing issues or people when need be. No matter what, I find that in this walk of self love, you must love yourself enough on all levels to keep your health a priority because money, cars, status, relationships, etc. mean nothing if when you wake up or go to sleep, you're unsatisfied, hate life, feel unfulfilled, are unappreciative, or can't physically function properly.
Reasonably enough, everyone has different value systems, and I can say a year or 2+ ago, so did I. It's all up to you, but if you ever lose everything, you will probably lose your mind and have to regain a new sense of identity. Things and titles provide false identities, connecting with yourself, the essence of your BEing and the place that it dwells within, provides a whole different level of operation, anything else, is just an extra bonus. I challenge you to partake in 3 steps/activities everyday that strengthen your mental, spiritual and physical health. In addition answer these questions: What do you think you're attach to? and if you lost it, how do you think you would operate?
Written by: Tiffany Wright