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object meditation guide

unimportant objects become noise
Every object in your life matters: when you think about the items in
your life, it is important to think of every item. This is why reduction
is so important - our brains are limited, and space is limited. Items
in the peripheral become noise and a distraction from items you
want to keep in focus.
Delete the items that become noise.
ownership is selfish
When we say, “ownership is selfish” - we mean that you are in
possession of an object that another is not in possession of.
Selfishness, today, has a largely negative connotation, but we
propose it is actually a neutral state.
Selfishness is important; it is about your self, your self’s existence,
and your self’s sustenance.
But - let us consider how our selfishness impacts the selfishness of
other beings. We want, ideally, to allow everyone to be equally
selfish - to equally to fend for their wellbeing and happiness.
Unnecessary ownership of an object, however, does not allow for
another’s necessary ownership of said object.
In this light, when you consider the role of an object in your life, take
into account the potential role of that object in another’s life.
Act accordingly.
acquisition of an object is a lifelong commitment
In the search for a more reponsible and accountable consumer
within our selves, let us consider and envision the lifelong role of a
new object in our life.
The acquisition of an object is a lifelong commitment. We, upon
acquisition, are contractually responsible for the life, and eventual
demise, of said object.
Before acquiring an object: meditate on the object’s future in your
Can you make the commitment to care for the object in its entirety,
and eventually, at the end of its life, discard the object in a
responsible manner?
This meditation solves two issues: the initial, shallow compulsion of
acquisition and, eventually, the late disposal of the object.
Upon meditating on the question, you may have already lost the
desire of acqusition. If not, you then come to a “yes, I can make
myself responsible for this object” or “no, I cannot acquire this
object because I cannot ensure responsibility over its termination”.
Over time, many less objects will be in your possession.

nurture pride in your belongings
As you develop a lifelong bond and connection to your objects,
consider your role as their caretakes.
Amend when broken.

time is the purest form of value
The only purest way to reward your objects is with your time. Labor
is rewarding. Tie your labor to your objects: work for them and work
with them to customize them perfectly for your needs.

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