Hoarding is a behavior characterized by – collecting things that either do not serve a purpose or are redundant; collecting but not discarding; extreme emotional attachment to the items collected and an inability to part with them without significant anxiety and stress.
The hoarder/clutterer/pack rat does not have an attitude of wonderment – of the immediacy of life and a new ability to live in the present moment.
When living in the moment, one is aware of the elemental realities of life and their significance – family, friends, co-workers, plants, nature, music, physical and emotional touching, the textures of color and shape.
The price of this birth of wonder is an acceptance of life’s limitations – something the hoarder/clutterer does not yet understand.
People derive instrumental, intrinsic, and spiritual value when they are: (1) absorbed in a conversation; (2) captivated by a lecture; (3) transfixed by the music, (4) caught up in the game, or (5) lost in the pursuit of a question.
Anything that might disrupt this immersion, e.g. illness, grief, shame, resentment, may diminish the notion of meaning.
The moment one asks oneself “Do I believe?” all belief seems to go. I think this is because one is trying to turn round and look at something which is there to be used and work from—trying to take out one’s eyes instead of keeping them in the right place and seeing with them. I find that it happens about other matters as well as faith. In my experience only very robust pleasures will stand the question, “Am I really enjoying this?” Or attention—the moment I begin thinking about my attention (to a book or lecture) I have ipso facto ceased attending.
St. Paul speaks of “Faith actualized in Love.” And “the heart is deceitful”; you know better than I how very unreliable introspection is. I should be much more alarmed about your progress if you wrote claiming to be overflowing with Faith, Hope, and Charity.
By maintaining compassion we will be able to be close to those who suffer as a result of their being continuously under the control of negative emotion. This form of suffering (being continuously under the control of negative emotion) is difficult to recognize. It is not the acute misery of the ill; this pervasive suffering is profound and permeates all aspects of life.