Lightening the Load


Jesus  said to them, “Take nothing for the journey, neither walking stick, nor sack, nor food, nor money, and let no one take a second tunic." (Luke 9:3)

I was thinking about this passage today, and I began to wonder what I need to do in order to acquire a spirit of detachment. After all, if you are on pilgrimage, it's important to travel lightly. Here are some ideas I have for lightening my load.

  1. Empty the ego. The ego is like the sack. The more I fill it with feeling of self-importance, the heavier it becomes. How do I empty it? I try to practice not-knowing. That is, I take an honest assessment of what I really and truly know. Trust me--it's not much at all.
  2. Get rid of the crutches. What are the things that prevent me from seeing the world as it really is? I must identify them and and then relinquish them.
  3. Lose the mask. I wear many masks. Sometimes I want to be smart and wise, or goofy and irreverent. But when I put on these masks, I prevent people from getting to know the real me. I prevent them from seeing me as the way I really am.