Recently, I have been studying a frequently misunderstood Dharma concept, that of renouncement, (Sanskrit; Sannyasa). It is not, as some seem to think, a mandate at any stage of life, although as people age it seems to come naturally. Actually, material renouncement is not exactly the same as sannyasa but it is the first step. Most of us could use a bit of renouncement at any age, as was brought to my attention by my daughter as she explained to me after a rigorous “material cleansing” of what seemed to me to be most of her worldly goods.
“I am getting better”, she said, “slowly becoming more minimalist. It feels great to be content with what you have, and grateful!”