Sticky Desire for Stuff

Where's the Spirit?

Abundance Without Attachment

by Arthur C. Brooks
The New York Times

What meaning does the holiday season hold for you? How do you experience the spirit or essence of this time of year? With consumerism at the forefront of most holiday messaging, this article explores the balance between the generosity and the materialism of gift giving. Offering some concrete approaches to practicing nonattachment, Brooks notes: “In Tibetan, the word ‘attachment’ is translated as ‘do chag,’ which literally means ‘sticky desire.’ It signifies a desperate grasping at something, motivated by fear of separation from the object.” How might you invite a different orientation to your holiday rituals this year?

Christmas is not a time nor a season, but a state of mind. To cherish peace and good will, to be plenteous in mercy, is to have the real spirit of Christmas.
— former President Calvin Coolidge