~ An Inner Wealth ~

~ An Inner Wealth ~

“They want you to feel insecure. They want you to feel disempowered. They want that flame in your heart to fizzle out. Why? Because when those things happen then you can be marginalised. And when you can be marginalised they can make you look to external things for happiness. And when you look to external things for happiness suddenly they piss down on you from their billboards, from their newspapers – from their radios and television stations. They want you to feel ugly, to feel poor, to feel inferior to everyone else around you. They want that because when you feel those things suddenly they can try and sell you a load of crap you don’t need to try and make yourself feel better. Save yourself the hassle and remember that you have an entire universe pulsating inside of you. Save yourself the hassle and remember that you are a goddamn human-being surfing a rock through an infinite universe. You live in a world of beautiful nature. You don’t need expensive designer clothes and that HD television – your life is already a cinematic experience beyond compare. Unplug yourself from the insanity of a consumerist society that will never have enough ‘things’ for those thing addicts. Practice mindfulness; explore your creativity – learn the joy of exercising your body. Enjoy the simple pleasures of silence and the touch of rain. Tune into nature and not prime time television. When you do all of those things for a while suddenly you understand that true wealth comes from within – suddenly you understand that there is a wealth inside you greater than all the gold and diamonds in this world.”



~ The Lightest You’d Ever Been ~

~ The Lightest You’d Ever Been ~

““Isn’t that backpack heavy?” they’d ask. “Doesn’t it weigh you down?”

There was always something about that question which caught my attention. It was an ironic question in my mind because for me – whenever I had that backpack on – the exact opposite was the case. When I put it on and pulled the straps tight, it was like a weight had been lifted from my shoulders. Suddenly I was a bird with wings – able to up and leave to far-off lands. Because if you want to know the truth, a backpack with some crappy clothes in won’t weigh you down at all. The real things in life that hold you down aren’t usually found in a bag; they are the things we unquestionably accept as part of a normal lifestyle. Contracts weighed you down, debts weighed you down, credit-card payments weighed you down. Sometimes it was a gym membership, a cable subscription – a goddamn football season ticket. Often it wasn’t even physical, but the things that existed only inside your head. Fear weighed you down, ignorance weighed you down, the opinions of your work colleagues weighed you down. Usually you didn’t even notice, but all of these things subversively crept into your life, clipped your wings and left you cemented in one spot. That’s why whenever someone asked if my backpack was heavy, I couldn’t help but smile inside at the irony. I smiled because I knew being able to happily walk out of door with just a bag to your name wasn’t a heavy task at all. Whenever you did that you were agile; whenever you did that you were free. Whenever you put that backpack on and headed out to face the world, suddenly you were the lightest you’d ever been.”




~ Beyond the Billboards ~

~ Beyond the Billboards ~

“The day people learn to be happy with the contents of a backpack is the day a lot of rich people go out of business. Those billboards and advertisements aren’t there to guide you to happiness like they say. They are there to marginalise you and make you feel perpetually incomplete. No matter how much you buy, those billboards will still look down on you and tell you that you need more. If you finally get that phone you want, they will be there to tell you that it’s now old and unfashionable; if you finally feel peaceful and secure, they will be there to scare you into buying the latest form of insurance. My advice? Empower yourself. Rise beyond the billboards. Delight in the free things and find yourself becoming richer than ever before. Watch more sunsets and less televisions; wear more smiles and less makeup. Become the centre of your own universe – the maker of your own material. One day you might just wake up and find you possess contentment. One day you might just wake up and find you possess fulfilment. One day you might just wake up and realise you have something that the greedy people will never have:

you have enough.”

beyond the billboards