Issue 29 – Non-Covetousness—The Way To Inner Peace
In this issue of Practical Spiritual Life Magazine you’ll find:
- • What’s Wrong with a Little Coveting?
- We covet something or someone because we think that we would be happier if we had whatever it is. But covetousness is like a snowball—the more we look outside ourselves at what others have and compare ourselves to them, the unhappier we get.
- • Note from Nayaswami Kamala
- • Generosity
- Affirmation and Prayer for Self-Healing
- • Overcome Jealousy with Journaling
- Have you ever felt jealous of someone? The process of journaling can provide great insights and lead you to release the uncomfortable feelings. Here are some strategies that will help you.
- • How to Be Ambitious and Content
- Successful people often ask, “Can you be content, while also being ambitious?”
- • Do You Know the Whole Story?
- Our mind creates stories in our brain because it needs to understand why something is happening. But are they the whole truth?
- • A Good Day
- A powerful, inspiring video with Brother David Steindl-Rast
- • Life after the Other Side, after a Spiritual Awakening
- As her awareness went into the opening, she found an ever expanding vastness. Before she knew it, she was in this wordless expanse of brilliant light.
- • The Habit of Being Content
- We experience a lot more peace and joy from our lives, when we do things from a place of contentment within ourselves.
- • Spiritualize Our Thoughts and Ambition
- Whispers from Eternity
Non-stealing and non-coveting is the third behavior and attitude Patanjali recommends for our happiness and inner growth. Covetousness means wishing to have something or someone that rightfully belongs to another person. Stealing means actually taking it. This is a much stronger emotion than, for example, seeing a pretty dress and wanting one like it. Covetousness means an intense desire to posses the thing that is not rightfully ours.
Wanting what is not ours will only make us miserable by affirming that we’re lacking something we need and can’t earn. We get lost in the mind tricks of “I need… I want… I must have… I can’t be happy until…” So how do we overcome this habit of looking outside ourselves and wanting…?
We focus on opposite positive qualities—Generosity, Gratitude, Contentment.
The rest of this issue gives us some help and ideas for practicing these virtues.
And then it comes down to relaxing in the present moment, feeling grateful for it, and knowing that “What is mine will surely come to me.”
With joy and blessings,
Creator and Founder, Practical Spiritual Life Magazine