Non-attachment is a fundamental limb of Buddhist philosophy and has many implications for our quality of life. Much of our suffering is a result of being attached to things that are not ours to hold on to. Attachment can take the form of grasping on to experiences, relationships, material objects, or the pursuit of worldly gain. It can be holding on to illusions that are long past, or eternally yearning for the fulfillment of desire, which can never be fulfilled because the desire will always be replaced by the next. Being attached to past experiences or future events is destructive to our happiness because it removes us from the present moment. In the now is appreciation, gratitude, peace, and bliss. It cannot be found in the past or the indeterminable future, a vague place where we mistakenly believe that once we have attained that object, that career, or that relationship, we will be happy at last.
In order to practice non-attachment, we must be honest with ourselves about what we are attached to. What are we grasping on to, and is it serving our personal growth? How much longer do we need to be attached to this idea/delusion/object/relationship until we can let it go? In what ways are we giving away our power, our happiness, by refusing to surrender what is gone, or what is not ours to control? Where do these feelings of attachment originate in our consciousness and why? What purpose do they serve?
Surrendering the ego’s will and allowing the Universe to guide us each step of the way is a powerful method to practice non-attachment in our lives. Non-attachment is the power to relinquish what is no longer serving our evolution, and surrendering what is not ours to control. When we can do that, we allow the flow of grace and Universal love to show us the next step. It means appreciating the present moment, and trusting our true essence of bliss.
This post was inspired by Attachment with the King of Atlantis.