Over the years we've written a lot about topics related to mindfulness. We've published more than 100 articles here and elsewhere on the Internet, as well as a steady stream of Tweets and Facebook posts.
All of these topics share a common thread that can be summed up in 5 words, as represented in this Zen proverb:
"Let go or be dragged."
Life's suffering can be traced back to our attachments. We are attached to:
We have attachments because we seek certainty in a world ruled by impermanence. We want to control the uncontrollable. We want to be secure.
Things should fit in this nice box we've designed - if they don't, we experience frustration, disappointment, resentment, anger, and more.
If we learned to let go, however, we wouldn't be dragged.
Letting go is scary, though. It's scary because attachments are familiar. They are comfortable. As such, you could even say we are attached to our attachments.
But the alternative - a lifetime of self-imposed suffering - is scarier, isn't it?
So why do we still cling to our attachments? Because most of us don't give attention to the idea of "letting go." We simply go through life experiencing the roller coaster of ups and downs, and we call it normal.
The good news is, if you've read this far you are giving it attention. You know there are two options:
(1.) let go of attachments, or
(2.) be dragged through a life of self-imposed suffering.
What are you going to do?
I suggest being mindful in the hours and days ahead, and making note (taking an honest assessment) of your attachments. And mark your calendar to check back here in a few days for a follow-up post with suggestions for next steps (note - here it is).
Address the root cause of your suffering.
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