For me the paramount pillar of being wealthy is to have mental wealth. One of the five Dhyani Buddhas, says this: that one should transform a "poverty mentality" into a "wealth mentality."
What exactly is wealth mentality? As in many of our other 2017 themes, there are several answers that lead us to construe the final meaning of wealth mentality.
Certainly maybe the simplest is brain health. Our brain must function within certain parameters of “normalcy” that allow us to conduct a daily productive life. When the brain is unable to function in this healthy zone we come across disturbances such as addiction, spectrum disorders, all the diagnoses: paranoia, bi-polar, schizophrenia and countless more, and the most pernicious: depression.
The next form of mental wealth is the ability to balance. Understanding the concept of reaction and overreaction. Of seeing things as they are, not as we want them to be. Of speaking and not regretting. Of still wanting without the feeling of lacking. Of enjoying the moment without analyzing…maybe it is called being present.
Mental wealth through spirituality is yet another component of mental wealth. Having faith. Accepting without trying to find a concrete answer. Knowing we belong to the whole; we are a continuation of everything and are individually important. Religion and doctrine may help us on our spiritual journey, but ultimately it is up to us to enjoy our very own spiritual journey of discovery.
And last but not least affecting mental health: is the ability to quiet the inner voice. The constant noise in our brain that tries to distract, judge, over-expose, under appreciate situations in our daily life. It brings us unhappiness, makes us unfocused and perpetually tinges life with unrealistic views. The Buddha teaches and speaks to quieting the mind as one of the key components on the road to enlightenment.
So take a moment and take inventory of your wealth.