Owning a house seems like the antithesis of Buddhism. Owning a house forces you to dwell a lot in the past (as in, what the hell were the Previous Owners thinking?). It also forces you to focus a lot on the future. All home repairs, maintenance, and renovation are future-oriented and goal-driven.
Today I’m wondering how to bring a bit more Buddhism to homeownership. Sometimes it feels like the house owns me, runs my life, and takes my time. But what if I were to see the house as an opportunity to practice dwelling in the present moment? So tonight, I’m breathing. I’m practicing non-attachment and non ego-clinging. As Sharon Salzberg writes in LovingKindness: The Revolutionary Art of Happiness:
The fulfillment we feel in owning, in desiring, is temporary and illusory, because there is nothing at all we can have that we will not lose eventually. (52)