I am in Mexico and thinking about status. That niggling desire to be “okay” among my peers changes when I am away from my own cohort. Normally, I don’t think a lot about status, and yet I know that “keeping up” on some level is an insidious desire that creeps in when I’m not watching.
Even my spiritual growth can become a pawn to my ego if I let it. Am I mindful enough? Am I more dogmatic than open?
But in relationship to possessions, I’m thinking of myself here. I have the requisite amount of electronics plus a few more. And they stay in my little house without attention. Only my laptop and my cell phone are evident. As in the US, even 12-year-olds carry cell phones here. (Actually, my cell phone is a vehicle to communicate with my husband and so it is only visible when I must stand in the middle of the village street to get receptionJ)
I bring simple clothes and not many of those. My jewelry is appropriate to living here.
What I question in myself is whether I am living the Tao in living simply and blending with my neighbors in this village? Or am I simply succumbing to another peer pressure to have status equal to the people here?
It’s a question.