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I could only guess its meaning from the context. What does it exactly mean?

In the 17th century, the philosopher Benedict de Spinoza engaged in his own mid-life repacking. He began by considering the efforts involved in pursuing what most people esteemed as the highest good ― riches, fame, and the pleasure of the senses. Spinoza concluded that, while these had their attractions, they could never provide him with the authentic happiness for which he was searching. He made a great discovery, which he phrased as follows: “Happiness or unhappiness is made wholly to depend on the quantity of the object which we love.” If we love transient attractions and values, our happiness will be fleeting and transitory as well. On the other hand, if we seek to fix our love to longer-lasting values, our happiness likewise tends to persevere.

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This quote is from a book titled: Repacking Your Bags: Lighten Your Load for the Rest of Your Life

On page xix of this book:

Repacking uses the metaphor of travel—and baggage—to help remind you that life is a journey and that your experience on the way is inextricably bound up in the baggage—emotional, intellectual, and physical—that you are carrying.

And here is the paragraph just before the one you ask about:

Life is nothing else than a dynamic process. It's impossible to somehow find and catch happiness, because as soon as you trap it, it begins to wither. That's actually what repacking is all about--it's a system for helping you with the continuing search. No matter what form that system takes, it has to come from within.

In the 17th century, ....

So this book explains about life using a metaphor where: travel = life; baggage = feelings, thoughts, and possessions

Therefore, repacking is also a metaphor for the system of rearranging our feelings, thoughts, and possessions in a better way to live a better life.

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