We need less than we think we do.
We think we need our usual clothes, our usual food, our usual social interactions, our usual thoughts.
But we don’t.
We are creatures of habit, and we tend to gain great comfort from continuity. This is the heritage of our bodies. We evolved to check, constantly, whether our environment is as expected. If we see things in their usual places, we are comforted. If we see things out of place, we are disturbed.
This is good, but it has problems. We need to make sure that we are also used to movement, to loss, to change, to flexibility.
What do I need?
Are there ways in which I can make my life simpler, more flexible?
When I die, I will take no possessions with me, so why have them while I am alive, beyond what helps me to help others?
How can I learn to reduce my dependence on continuity, and accept change?
How can I learn to accept loss as I accept a change in the clouds in the sky?
How can I become more flexible, not hanging on to what I expect, but accepting what is?