Is it essential?  What is the root of this word?  Essence.  Your true nature is your essence. We are not speaking of the body or the mind, but that which is aware of both. A backpacker knows to carry only what is essential. If not, they become tired quite easily and the journey becomes more difficult. What is essential to you on your journey? We are not speaking of getting rid of luxuries and the like, but examining the extra baggage that tires you. Begin with thoughts and beliefs. Question what you believe to be reality versus the very essence of the self where peace reigns. What thoughts and beliefs can you discard to uncover what is essentially true? 

You are so very loved.