Overcoming Attachments

“Be open to everything yet attached to nothing.” Buddha

We cannot avoid the feeling of attachment. Once we start to get used to things, once we setup routines the more we get to be attached. The harder it is for us to remove ourselves in the picture.

And that overcoming attachments is simple to say but hard to take into action.

I like what the Buddhists call non-attachment. As everything in this world is temporary, and that these things, events or people will eventually come to its end. 

Once they have fulfilled their purpose in your life, they will leave. And the hard truth is you have to let them because if you don’t, it will only cause you unending cycle of pain and suffering.

Acceptance is the key. Because if you do, it will liberate you and you will never realize that you have surpassed the test and moved on to the next level.

Let go of the attachments but take note of the lessons it brought as these lessons will be of great use in your future.

“Most of our troubles are due to our passionate desire for and attachment to things that we misapprehend as enduring entities.” Dalai Lama

Ecclesiastes 3:1-11

Such a beautiful verse I came across from a funeral I attended last month. The words are so powerful that it struck me.

There is indeed a time for everything. God’s time.

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There is a time for everything,

And a season for every activity under heaven

A time to be born and a time to die
A time to plant and a time to uproot

A time to kill and a time to heal
A time to tear down and a time to build

A time to weep and a time to laugh
A time to mourn and a time to dance

A time to scatter stones and a time to gather them
A time to embrace and a time to refrain

A time to search and a time to give up
A time to keep and a time to throw away

A time to tear and a time to mend
A time to be silent and a time to speak

A time to love and a time to hate
A time for war and a time for peace

What does the worker gain from his soil? I have seen the burden God has laid on me. He has made everything beautiful in its time. He has also set eternity in the hearts of men yet they cannot fathom what God has done from beginning to end.