On Loving Money

by Joshua Becker

“Money never made a man happy yet, nor will it. The more a man has, the more he wants. Instead of filling a vacuum, it makes one.” – Benjamin Franklin

The possession of money is not contrary to a simplified life, but the love of money is. The love of money can never be satisfied. It is a hopeless love that always desire more. It is a wasted energy. And more than that, it keeps us, our attitude, and our actions in bondage.

When the love of money is present, freedom is not.

* The love of money consumes our time. Whether we are thinking about how to find it, make it, grow it, or save it, the desire to acquire more robs us of our most important and finite resource: time.
* The love of money wastes our energy. It requires constant, continual attention. After all, no opportunity to acquire more can ever be wasted.
* The love of money devours our values. When the love of money is present in our lives, we become different people. The passion for money is a trap that quickly swallows our heart convictions and causes us to engage in behaviors that we would otherwise avoid.
* The love of money fuels competition. By definition, the love of money requires me to desire what you already possess. For me to gain more, you must part with yours. The world quickly becomes a zero-sum game dominated by jealousy and envy.
* The love of money limits our potential. We can never become greater than that which we most desire. When the acquisition of money becomes our greatest goal in life, we can never become greater than the balance in our bank account. And that’s a shame… we have so many greater things to offer this world.
* The love of money attracts the love of money. Our lives will naturally attract like-minded people. When we love money, we attract others who love money. And the more reinforcement we receive from those around us, the more natural the emotion becomes.
* The love of money destroys other loves. The love of money causes many to sacrifice their true passions and desires just to acquire more of it. It has truly killed many a passionate dream. To determine if the love of money has killed your dreams, answer this question, “If the need for money were not a factor, what would I be doing today?”

How then do we move beyond the desire to acquire more? While entire books have been written on this subject, let me throw out a few thoughts just to get you started toward freedom from the desire to acquire:

1. See money only as a tool to move through life. At its core, money is a bartering tool. It saves us from making our own clothes, tools, and furniture. Because of currency, I can spend my days doing what I love and am good at. In exchange, I receive money to trade with someone else who uses their giftedness to create something different than me. That‘s it. That‘s its purpose. And if you have enough to meet your needs, you shouldn‘t commit the rest of your day to acquiring more.

2. Be content with poverty or great wealth. I know poor people who live in complete contentment and I know rich people who are further from contentment today than when they were lacking. Your possessions do not lead to contentment. Your heart attitude does. And if the love for money limits freedom, contentment is the pathway to it.

3. Avoid debt. A lender is a slave to his creditor. Spending more money than you earn will always result in bondage to another. And there is no simplicity in bondage. If you cannot get out from under the weight of debt, find some help.

4. Learn to share. Sharing your possessions with others benefits the borrower and the lender. So be a lender… and be a borrower.

5. Remember that money comes and money goes. Like the tides of the ocean, money rolls in and money rolls out. Sometimes, there is money left over at the end of the day and sometimes there is not enough. That is the very nature of money. Do not fear its cycles. Welcome them.

I have no hidden dreams of this post magically solving the world’s desire for more. I just hope it helps to balance mine…
Source: http://www.becomingminimalist.com/

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Modern Asceticism: Live More Need Less

The more I focus on living, the less it seems I need.
What does it mean to focus on living? It’s a shift from caring about possessions and status and goals and beautiful things … to caring about actual life. Life includes: taking long walks, creating things, having conversations with friends, snuggling with my wife, playing with my kids, eating simple food, going outside and getting active.
That’s living. Not shopping, or watching TV, or eating loads of greasy and sweet food not for sustenance but pleasure, or being on the Internet, or ordering things online, or trying to get popular. Those things aren’t living – they’re consumerist pastimes that tend to get us caught up in over consumption and mindlessness.
When I focus on living, all those other fake needs become less important. Why do I need television when I can go outside and explore, or get active, or take a walk with a friend? Why do I need to shop when I already have everything I need – I can spend time with someone or create, and I need very little to do that.
These things I do now — they require almost nothing. I can live, and need little.
And needing little but getting lots of satisfaction … that’s immensely rewarding. It’s an economy of resources that I’ve never experienced before.
These days, I need nothing but my loved ones, a text editor, a way to post what I create, a good book, simple plant-based food, a few clothes for warmth, and the outdoors.
Sumber: http://mnmlist.com/

CUKUP ITU BERAPA?


Alkisah, seorang petani menemukan sebuah mata air ajaib. Mata air itu bisa mengeluarkan kepingan uang emas yang tak terhingga banyaknya. Mata air itu bisa membuat petani menjadi kaya raya seberapa pun yang diinginkannya, sebab kucuran uang emas itu baru akan berhenti bila si petani mengucapkan kata “cukup”.
Si petani terperangah melihat kepingan uang emas berjatuhan di depan hidungnya. Diambilnya beberapa ember untuk menampung uang kaget itu. Setelah semuanya penuh, dibawanya ke gubuk mungilnya untuk disimpan di sana. Kucuran uang terus mengalir sementara si petani mengisi semua karungnya, seluruh tempayannya, bahkan mengisi penuh rumahnya. Baca lebih lanjut

Ten Reasons to Watch Less Television

Joshua Becker


“TV will never be a serious competitor for radio because people must sit and keep their eyes glued on a screen; the average American family hasn’t time for it.” – Author Unknown, from New York Times, 1939
Life is meant to be lived, not watched.
To get you started living your life rather than watching others live theirs, consider these ten reasons to watch less television:
1. It is influencing your worldview. Anybody who has ever been a policeman, a lawyer, a psychiatrist, an ER doctor, or an FBI agent will attest to the truth that television does not accurately portray their life. In almost all aspects, television rarely depicts the world and life accurately. Too much television results in disallusionment about what to expect from the world around us. This can most commonly be seen in people’s expectations of love, romance, and sexuality. Baca lebih lanjut

Hidup Satu Jam Tanpa Dosa

Seorang teman mengirimi sms yang berbunyi begini:

Suatu hari seorang anak kecil datang kepada ayahnya dan bertanya, “Apakah kita bisa hidup tidak berdosa selama hidup kita?”
Ayahnya memandang anak kecil itu dan berkata, “Tidak, nak”.

Putri kecil ini kemudian memandang ayahnya dan bertanya lagi, “Apakah kita bisa hidup tanpa berdosa dalam setahun?”
Ayahnya kembali menggelengkan kepalanya, sambil tersenyum kepada putrinya.
“Oh, ayah, bagaimana kalau satu bulan, apakah kita bisa hidup tanpa melakukan kesalahan?”
Ayahnya tertawa, “Mungkin tidak bisa juga,nak.”

“Ok, ayah, ini yang terakhir kali, apakah kita hidup tidak bisa berdosa dalam satu jam saja?”
Akhirnya ayahnya mengangguk, “Kemungkinan besar, bisa nak, dan kasih Tuhanlah yang akan memampukan kita untuk hidup benar.”

Anak ini tersenyum lega. “Jika demikian, aku akan hidup benar dari jam ke jam, ayah. Lebih mudah menjalaninya, aku akan menjaganya dari jam ke jam, sehingga aku dapat hidup dengan benar…”

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Pernyataan ini mengandung kebenaran sejati. Marilah kita hidup dari waktu ke waktu, dengan memerhatikan cari kita menjalani hidup ini. Dari latihan yang paling kecil dan sederhana sekalipun, akan menjadikan kita terbiasa, dan apa yang sudah biasa kita lakukan, akan menjadi sifat, dan sifat akan berubah menjadi karakter, dan karakter akan menjadi destiny…

Hiduplah 1 jam… tanpa kemarahan, tanpa hati yang jahat, tanpa pikiran negatif, tanpa menjelekkan orang, tanpa keserakahan, tanpa pemborosan, tanpa kesombongan, tanpa kebohongan, tanpa kepalsuan, … Lalu ulangi lagi untuk 1 jam berikutnya …
Hiduplah 1 jam… dengan kasih, dengan suka cita, dengan damai sejahtera, dengan kesabaran, dengan kelemahlembutan, dengan kemurahhatian, dengan kerendahhatian, dengan penguasaan diri, … dan ulangilah untuk 1 jam berikutnya.

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Pesan ini — yang bukan short message ini — mengingatkanku pada konsep ibn al-waqt dalam konteks tasawuf. Para nabi, wali, imam, adalah putra sang waktu. Kehidupan mereka yang didominasi oleh Nama Al-Hasib (Yang Maha Penghitung) menjadikan mereka selalu bermuhasabah dari saat ke saat, dari jam ke jam, dari waktu ke waktu. Barangkali tak heran mereka menjadi orang yang maksum, terjaga dari kesalahan.
Semoga pahala diberikan kepada temanku ini karena mengingatkanku kembali pada apa yang sering terlupakan.

A Position of Great Glory

Mohammad Ehsan Rangiha

Tahajjud comes from the root word hujod which literally means ‘sleep’. However when it is constructed in a different form, tahajjud means to put away sleep and to stay up. Allah (swt) instructs the Holy Prophet (pbuh) to stay up part of the night to establish the night prayer (1).
Nafila has been taken from the word nafl which means extra, and this verse refers to the extra prayers that Allah (swt) asks the Prophet to establish during the night. Many commentators have explained this to mean that the night prayer was obligatory upon the Prophet (pbuh). Others believe the night prayer was initially obligatory upon the Prophet (pbuh) based on the verses in chapter 79 (Surat al-Muzzammil) ; the above verse (Quran 17:79) abrogated this by declaring the night prayer was recommended on the messenger and not incumbent. Baca lebih lanjut

Mempersembahkan Makanan

Oleh : I Nyoman Putrawan, Tabanan

Manusia sepenuhnya tergantung pada makanan untuk mempertahankan hidupnya. Makanan merupakan sumber energi yang menunjang tenaga fisik dan mental. Dari makanan pula seseorang ditentukan sifat-sifatnya, tingkat agresifitas serta kecenderungan-kecenderungan lainnya. Ini disebabkan karena semua bahan makanan memiliki sifat khas masing-masing. Dengan memindahkan bahan makanan itu ke dalam tubuh secara sistematis pula zat-zat hidupnya menjadi susunan daging, otot, lemak, enzim dan hormon-hormon. Adanya gairah, tabiat dan keinginan munculnya dari energi penggerak dan energi ini sebagian bersumber dari makanan selain udara yang kita hirup serta zat-zat prana yang lebih halus. Vitalnya fungsi makanan membuat orang selalu mencari tahu tentang seluk beluk makanan dan cara memakannya yang efektif agar berguna optimal bagi tubuh dan pikiran. Dengan memahami arti hidup berkualitas baik jasmani maupun rohani, maka kebiasaan-kebiasaan leluhur terkait dengan makanan akan bisa dimengerti. Salah satu kebiasaan yang sering dianggap suatu “kebiasaan belaka atau hanya “kegiatan dogmatis” tanpa manfaat yaitu “ ngejot atau yajnasesa atau persembahan makanan setiap pagi seusai memasak. Aktivitas ritual makanan sering menjadi kegiatan mekanis saja, suatu rutinitas tanpa dibarengi kesadaran terhadap fungsi ritual
tersebut. Akibatnya ada banyak kekeliruan dalam pelaksanaannya dan berkurang pula manfaat yang dapat dinikmati. Baca lebih lanjut