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adesh saxena

Consultant ENT Surgeon, Indian Medical Association

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We are advised to travel light when we undertake a journey.Why can't we travel light in our lives too to make it beautiful and enjoyable?

If we travel light the journey is enjoyable. In the journey of life i want to travel with no burden on my body or mind. Burden on body is due to sickness and obesity. Burden on mind is due to possesions and relationships.
"With no burden on body and mind
I want to travel and unwind"

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  • Feb 18 2013: Adesh,
    Perhaps part of the answer is not only found in "traveling light" but in also holding with a "light" touch or grasp.
    The natural position of the human hand is open and supple, ready to receive. So too, can be the mind.
    It isn't a closed fist, holding on for dear life and for forever.
    I find there is something worth having in my life, just one thing, and no matter what happens or doesn't happen, it shrinks all problems down to the size of a tiny drop of water, that then "pings" or explodes into nothingness and is gone.
    I trust this one thing completely, thus I don't worry because something good will happen.
    If it doesn't, I don't worry, because something bad will happen.
    I am and will be okay.
    Where do we get possessions? We buy them in stores. How do we get into the stores?
    We walk through the..... "en-trance".
    When we let go of possessions we are letting go of being possessed.
    Ultimately it is letting go of all attachments of all kinds, somehow with love and even letting go of love.
    One of the hardest things to learn to do is not grab on when one falls. We are a very coordinated animal, that doesn't fall too often, but when we do, it is very scary.
    Not grabbing and holding on when we do (not in a strictly physical sense as that is most times the correct time to hold on), is not falling. It is flying but one doesn't or will not learn that until they let go and do that.
    Don't worry, something good will happen. If it doesn't, don't worry, something bad will happen.
    When the walls come tumbling down, when the loss of what possessed one happens, don't try and hold up the wall.
    It will crush you. Step back, let the possessions fall where they may and there will be an opening through which to walk through. In other words, this total type of loss, doesn't involve a nervous breakdown so much as it involves a nervous breakthrough.
    I got rid of everything about 8 years ago. Very freeing and I can clearly see the possession that takes place inside the psyche of others.
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      Feb 18 2013: I agree with you when you say ,"When we let go of possessions we are letting go of being possessed." That i believe is freedom.
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    Feb 15 2013: Many people choose to travel light in life in terms of possessions and approach. Minimalism and the "slow" movement are examples.

    When one has empathy for the many who are suffering, though, it is hard not to have burdens on the mind.
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      Feb 16 2013: We should have empathy. We should help. A surgeon has empathy for his patients but can operate best when his mind is free. In any situation we can give our best when our mind is unbudened and focussed.
  • Feb 18 2013: universe is working with free oscillation and our desires too.. if we give up to run after the money or possesions, we will preserve our freedom..
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      Feb 19 2013: Well said Fulya. True freedom comes from non attachments and fearlessness.
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      Feb 22 2013: Hi, Fulya,
      Yes.
      Too much money enslaves us.

      (See my comment above herein)
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    Feb 16 2013: I renounced all of my material wealth last year. It is a step towards true freedom.

    Deciding who to place the burden of my wealth on wasn't as easy. I didn't want to remove my own chains and clamp them on anyone else. Christ instructs us to give it all to the poor. Perhaps because this is where the greatest impact can be achieved.

    Everything we possess is unconsciously given a certain amount of control over us. Many people become almost entirely enslaved to worldly possessions. They spend much of their life in pursuit of material gain, and the rest of their life is spent maintaining, protecting, and worrying over their acquisitions. In effect, they have lost their life.

    "Whoever tries to keep his life will lose it, and whoever loses his life will preserve it." Luke 17:30

    For me, the greatest burden was sin. Or rather, it was until Christ.

    I must confess, I am both surprised and excited to come across someone else who is entertaining these thoughts. A big thumbs up for you Adesh.
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    Feb 15 2013: Maybe Buddhism could be of your interest then.
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      Feb 16 2013: Buddhism teaches the middle path. Renunciation seems to be the answer. It does not mean not having possessions or relationships but not having any ATTACHMENTS to them. When i will loose any of them i will not be affected by it, that is what i am training for.
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        Feb 16 2013: I see what you mean and for possessions I trained myself some while ago to the point, that what I have, is enough. Relationships are different to me, because those I don't mind to loose are of no value to me anyway. I would not wish to have no value in anyone and even though it is very painful, I would not like to miss any of the gaps of close people I once loved yet lost. It taught me humbleness. But that's just my view, and interesting to see your difference.
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    Feb 22 2013: .
    To travel light in life is easy if we know:

    (1) The goal of our life is to keep our DNA alive.
    (2) To have too much money makes happiness invalid (ineffective, untrue, unreal, HARMFUL).


    (For INVALID (ineffective) happiness, see the 1st article, points 1-3, 14, at https://skydrive.live.com/?cid=D24D89AE8B1E2E0D&id=D24D89AE8B1E2E0D%21283&sc=documents)
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    Feb 21 2013: I would say Greg you are on your way. When we are young we are passionate about all the possessions and relationships. Then with maturity we should practice some form of detachment, I liked the world "light attachment". When we are old enough 75 yrs Plus we can detach all together and devout our time for selfless service.
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    Feb 17 2013: I would say people travel as light in their lives as they are able. You must remember that when you travel you don't have to take care of business quite as when at home, when at home there are a million responsibilities that you don't have when you travel to the same degree.
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      Feb 18 2013: Here i am talking about dettachment. Though i have possessions and relations but if i am not attached to them i can undertake journey of my life with a free mind.
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        Feb 20 2013: Well, adesh, that seems like a different idea than you put in your conversation starter at the top, perhaps you should edit it.

        I would say I have a light attachment to relationships and objects, probably stronger to relationships. I would feel abnormal if I had no attachment, as I worked to get them; and abnormal if I had too much attachment, as that would be too clinging. So a light attachment works for me.
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    Feb 16 2013: I have found that I am naturally wanting to divest myself of the chains that possessions form. Little by little, I give the excess away, with the goal of stripping my home of all but essentials. I would like to take the practice further, but in this country (USA), homelessness is illegal - in that you can be arrested for being a vagrant just about everywhere.

    I admire the teaching, but it is in conflict with the US cultural paradigm.
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      Feb 18 2013: Not necessarily we have to leave our home but we can practice dettachment in the midst of everything. We have to leave the ownership from our mind, and thats the reality, no body owns anything in this world.
      "Whoever tries to keep his life will lose it, and whoever loses his life will preserve it." Luke 17:30
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    Feb 16 2013: According to ancient teaching of Geeta (Song of Divine) , once we have completed our resposibility as a family person, age 50, we should practice dettachment from possessions and relationships . The stage is called "VanPrastha Ashram" till age 75 yrs. After 75 we should leave home and spend rest of our life as Sanyasi.( A person free of possessions and relations)
  • Feb 16 2013: I assume some people do this.
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      Feb 16 2013: Many people aspire to attain this state of mind.
      "Whoever tries to keep his life will lose it, and whoever loses his life will preserve it." Luke 17:30
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      Feb 16 2013: Renunciation seems to be the answer. It does not mean not having possessions or relationships but not having any attachments to them. When i will loose any of them i will not be affected by it, that is what i am training for.