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This is lesson 24 in the series "Conquering Codependency - Loving Without Leaning" looking at aspects of codependency from a spiritual point of view; including prayers, affirmations and meditations for support.
Thinking that the accumulation of objects will bring happiness can bring on excess materialism.
The acquisition of basic material goods is necessary to the degree that we need to support our own body and our dependents with food, clothing and shelter. But the object we may be adoring at the moment may change rather quickly by a catastrophe.
And with the passage of time all forms change the way they look, which includes people, too. Therefore, we need to look for something, other than more and more objects, to experience happiness.
For the happiness that we think comes through materialism, we can look to what in this world does not change through time and circumstance, which is unconditional love - accepting and caring love.
If partners accept each other as they are, each has the security to grow into their potential in the relationship. And rather than happiness being dependent on external objects, happiness is found in the security of unconditional love.
“May I remember
That happiness is experienced
Through caring thoughts and actions
Untouched by variables
of the material world.”
"I am content making use of the possessions I have."
"I feel happy living within my means."
"I feel love for myself, family and friends."
"I am happy doing the best I can with what I have."
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Article by Susan Kramer; photo credit Stan Schaap
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