There is a reason monks renounce worldly possessions: they are distractions from important work.
There is a reason people in therapy talk pejoratively about carrying around "baggage" from relationship to relationship. Baggage is Bad.
Lately, for a variety of reasons that I can't begin to understand, I'm trying to get by with less. Perhaps I got annoyed with carrying around a briefcase full of stuff - - that somedays I never opened! I've been looking for ways to get by with less.
Not so long ago - - OK, it was 20 years or so - - I never carried anything: just a wallet and keys. Back in the day, we never carried backpacks to school. Most days I only carried a lunch bag (since I hated school lunch). College brought backpacks, and I guess there was no turning back.
Ever since stumbling onto the Hipster PDA phenomena, I've been intrigued about what I carry and why I carry it. Perhaps yoga has played a part. Despite coming to the practice via videos and community ed classes, some of the spiritual aspects rub off after a year or so. Yoga puts a lot of emphasis on being present in the moment, not letting junk distract you. I actually "carry" that philosophy with me more these days. Trying hard not to let all my worries and anxieties overwhelm me. Breath . . . and breath again.
Wait - where was this going - Oh, right, carrying less. The above-referenced post has "juiced" me up. Now I want to really get by with less. I'll leave the briefcase home tomorrow - and see how it goes.
Next stop - less at home. Hmm - that's a tough road to hoe.