Stop trying to grasp, own, and control the world around you.
All pain comes from attachments.
When you stop trying to grasp, own, and control the world around you, you give it the freedom to fulfill you without the power to destroy you.
That’s why letting go is so important; letting go is letting happiness in.
Worrying or stressing about your attachments can make you sick and unhappy.
There is no magical cure for attachment–the only solution is within your own mind.
“When I let go of what I am, I become what I might be.”
~ Lao Tzu
If there’s one thing we all have in common it’s that we want to feel happy; and on the other side of that coin, we want to avoid hurting. Yet we consistently put ourselves in situations that set us up for pain.
Letting go of our attachments means letting go of their ability to to hurt us.
It is only when we truly let go, that we let happiness into our lives.
We attach to feelings as if they define us.
If you’ve wallowed in regret or disappointment for years, it can seem safe and even comforting to suffer. In trying to hold on to what’s familiar, we limit our ability to experience joy in the present.
A moment can’t possibly radiate fully when you’re suffocating it in fear. We pin our happiness to people, circumstances, and things and hold onto them for dear life.
We stress about the possibility of losing them when something seems amiss. Then we melt into grief when something changes—a lay off, a break up, or a transfer.
Attachments enable regret.
We tend to cling to the idea that if we could go back, we would do things differently. As we attach to this idea, it fuels us with anger or sadness, and ultimately regret.
If we learn to let go of the attachment of changing the past, we realize that we simply do not have control over going back and changing anything, so why stay angry about it.
Also, if there was some magical button that existed that could take you back, you would still make the same decision that you made, because your choices are based off of who you were at that exact moment, your thoughts, beliefs, and desires.
Those are the things that fuel our choices, and if you went back in time you would still make the same choice, because it emulated who you were at that exact moment in time.
We think we need our attachments.
We trick ourselves into believing that we need these attachments because they defy who we are.
Ironically, our attachments hinder who we are and what we could be. Letting go of them can bring a much deeper kind of well-being.
As we let go, we clear our minds of all the burdens and demands we have been holding onto for so long. We open our minds and feel clarity and calmness as our minds are no longer spending all of their energy maintaining our attachments.
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