In our modern society we have so many external factors that we use to identify ourselves. In fact, not only do we use these things to show others who we are but we use them to tell ourselves, falsely, who we are. These are often things like how big your TV is, what type of phone you carry with you or the clothes you wear. For me it’s watches and cars.
In the end, you are not your phone or your TV or even your clothes. Styles and devices often change. Statistically speaking, you probably wont be driving the same car you are driving today in 10 years. You may feel a deep sense of identity from that car right now, however. We draw a deep sense of identity from our friends as well.
The grand illusion is that we are not those things. This was a concept that has taken me a very long time to understand. When you look deep in to your soul and try to understand who you really are then material things start to mean less to your overall identity.
One big problem that I, and most everyone else, have is attachment to these things because I feel they define me. Meditation is something that has helped me with this.
Ask yourself today, “who am I really?”