Learning to Detach

In the constant battle to release the things that no longer serve me, the hope for a new possibility falls with it.

Lately I’ve been viewing my potential options for a new home all while trying to remain still through it all.

As no surprise to me at all, I am constantly being hit with curveballs.

I’m used to this, I think to myself.

This is where release comes into play.

We are in a reality that consists of indefinite impermanence. Everything moves, everything changes.

The seasons, the daylight, our age, our hobbies. We are constantly evolving along with everything else and the world around us.

The Buddha says, attachment leads to suffering.

If we attach to things knowing it’s impermanence, we are only setting ourselves up for failure.

The key is to acknowledge this ever-present change.

Acknowledge that no matter how much you want something to stay the same, there is a high chance that it won’t. And accept that.

Learn that things may not always work out the way you’d like it to and be OK with that.

Be OK with knowing that not everything is in your control.

Be OK with detaching from the results whether they work out in your favor or not.

The Tao says, Do not be concerned with loss or gain. This is called โ€œaccepting disgrace willingly.โ€

In my struggle to choose a home, the worry of emptyhandedness overwhelms me—and then I remember the teachings of those before me.

And I breathe.

Knowing is one thing, practicing it is another.

What have you learned to let go of? Did it work out like you expected it to?

Usually it’s the things we tend to release that always make their way in our favor.

I hope this brings some comfort to your mind, whatever you may be dealing with.

I know it has for me.

-Natalia

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