Posts Tagged ‘detachment’

Like Two Golden Birds

July 27, 2011

Detachment is a natural consequence of spiritual advancement; it cannot be hurried along or forced.

The sages call that man wise whose pursuits are all without selfish plan or longings for results, and whose activities are purified by the fire of wisdom.
Bhagavad Gita 4:19

Allow your ego to rule your mind and detachment will remain a mystery. Allow your (more…)

Oh, Still It Was Splendid to Sail It!

July 25, 2011

If your happiness depends on achieving your goals precisely as you have envisioned, on events playing out according to your wishes, or on other people doing exactly what you want them to do, you are condemning yourself to a lifetime of misery.

When everything has to be right, something isn’t.
Stanislaw Lec

Giving your best and learning along the way are more important than the ultimate outcome of your efforts.

And what if I did run my ship (more…)

Are You Sentencing Yourself to Continuous Frustration?

July 24, 2011

Surrendering to God floods your heart with peace and invigorates your weary spirit. With humility and gratitude, you place your goals in God’s hands.

It constantly happens that the Lord permits a soul to fall so that it may grow humbler.
Saint Teresa of Avila

You boldly and confidently move forward, trusting that (more…)

Attachment and Attunement Cannot Coexist

July 20, 2011

As awareness grows, you recognize that everything in the material world is ultimately impermanent. Therefore, your emotional attachment to whatever you desire must also be impermanent.

One who has finally learned that it is in the nature of objects to come and go without ceasing, rests in detachment and is no longer subject to suffering.
Ashtavakra Gita

Attachment to desires typically produces (more…)

The Delight of Detachment

January 27, 2011

Every spiritual teacher intones the same three-word mantra, “Detach from outcomes.” Perhaps you’ve recoiled at the thought. After all, who wants to go through life detached, like a ghost walking through a vibrant, festive party filled with laughter and all the delights this world has to offer?

Ah, but detaching from outcomes does not mean that you are apathetic and unmotivated. Quite the contrary. Detachment means that you (more…)

Move Over, Henry David!

September 22, 2010

Henry David Thoreau's cabin near Walden Pond

I’m not sure if something’s wrong with me or if something’s right with me. I took Highway 35W to the Mall of America today and all I could think of was, I wish I were at a cabin in the woods right now. I’ve always loved living in the big city but in the past year or so, I’ve begun to appreciate the allure of (more…)

The Wisdom of Surrender

March 5, 2010

Some goals stay beyond your reach because achieving them would delay your awakening to the wonders that lie beyond material existence.

Prosperity knits a man to the world.
C.S. Lewis

In the darkness of disappointment and regret, the beckoning light of detachment glows ever more brightly.

In detachment lies the wisdom of uncertainty . . . in the wisdom of uncertainty lies the freedom from our past, from the known, which is the prison of past conditioning. And in our willingness to step into the unknown, the (more…)

Control Your Cravings or They Will Control You!

October 2, 2009

woman-holding-out-green-apple-resisting-temptation-cravingsWhile pursuing desires is an integral part of the dance of life, you are on the road to peace when you learn to control your cravings instead of allowing your cravings to control you.

Conscience is the voice of the soul, as passions are the voice of the body. No wonder they contradict each other.
Jean-Jacques Rousseau

Fulfilling your desires can produce occasional bursts of happiness, but the pleasures of the material world are often fleeting.

Detachment does not require a life of renunciation. It simply reorders your priorities so that even as you delight in (more…)