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Art of Detachment

on August 19, 2011

The art of detachment is a Buddhist teaching which also has its Christian counterpart.  Jesus teaches this and likely learned it from the Buddhist teachers he had.  It works like this; be in the world but not of it.  What this means is to fully experience life and at the same time release any attachment you have to it.  Please see the blog of Jan. 26, 2011 for a previous explanation of The Art of Detachment.  From this point on I would like to provide other perspectives so the picture becomes clearer.

Live fully and completely without being attached to the outcome.  Accept what you have as a gift and make the most of it!  Once you have experienced this know that you can experience anything you desire.  Do you see how living with passion can bring vitality to life?  If not you soon will.

“Detachment means rising above the status quo, without passing judgment, and watching the drama unfold without becoming physically or emotionally involved. Detachment doesn’t mean burying your head in the sand so that you need not watch the action as it unfolds; it means, being there, observing from an objective space, and remembering who you are, a spiritual being watching the drama of polarization reach its climax and fail so that a new paradigm of victory can be birthed by those of us who refuse to buy into a perpetual game of winners and losers. Detachment addresses the need of the spiritually inclined to remove oneself from the chaos while observing and learning valuable lessons about this temporary physical existence. … But remember, we are spiritual beings having a human experience and not the other way around. So we can remove ourselves from the drama when we’ve learned all we need to know about polarization and separation. When we finally realize who we really are, and how we are all equally part of the same creative manifestation, we will finally learn the fine art of detachment and the truth behind our cosmic ancestry and oneness.” (Dawn Abel, 2002)

The key is to tap into your desire and experience it fully, and once experienced you release it and move to the next.  Here is a different view of Detachment that provides a deeper insight to its value and use.

“Detachment not only releases joy; it is also the secret of health. It is the best medical insurance in the world, and not only because it can keep us free from physical habits that sap our vitality. Most illness has a serious emotional element. While there is an important place for physical measures in the treatment of disease, a mind at peace and a heart flooded with love can release healing powers that strengthen and revitalize the physical system. Strength can be regained even after years of emotional instability. In extreme cases, I believe, recovery can be brought about even from what seems a terminal illness.

Today, of course, it is widely appreciated that because of advances in medical knowledge, we can expect to live much longer than was reasonable at the beginning of the twentieth century. But we can lead lives that are not only longer but richer, more loving, and more productive. The next steps in stretching the limits of human health and longevity, I believe, will not be in biotechnology. They will come from learning to govern the way we think and feel. Detachment is a longevity skill. Freedom from compulsive emotional entanglements is the best insurance against stress. More than that, by opening a window onto a fuller, loftier view of life than that dictated by self-interest, detachment brings a sense of purpose. Without a reason for living, the human being withers and dies inside. However paradoxical it may sound, it is detachment that enables us to give ourselves wholeheartedly to worthwhile work without ever getting depressed, despondent, or burned out – right into the last days of our lives.” (The Blue Mountain Center of Meditation)

I wish I could describe the feeling of Joy that comes from detachment, but I will just say “Give it a go – put this to the test”!  Love your partner, family, pet, job, home, etc. completely without being attached to any outcomes such as living the next 20 years together, being happy, or even being healthy.  They could be hit by a car tomorrow and become paraplegic or even die!  I have certainly seen this happen more times than I would of liked.  I have also seen people who had this experience and made their lives into celebrations!  Taking the lemons you are given and making lemonade is one of the most satisfying things you will ever do!

🙂 Sequoia Elisabeth

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