Our last two musings have covered the topic of attachment:
Wednesday is our traditional "weekly quotes" day - we examine quotes (or a story) related to mindfulness, meditation, living in the present moment, happiness, and similar topics.
This week we are wrapping up attachment with some applicable quotes. As you read the following, remember what we said in our previous musing:
Last week we encouraged you to take an honest assessment of your attachments. We discussed how attachments result from our desire to control an existence that is inherently uncontrollable. We grasp and cling (or push away and avoid) in the hope that we can create certainty and security amidst the changing nature of reality.
We will start with this from Paulo Coelho:
"It is best to accept life as it really is and not as I imagined it to be."
Simply put, don't be attached to the image you have of yourself.
Next, a well-know quote form Heraclitus:
"No man ever steps in the same river twice, for it's not the same river and he's not the same man."
Change is the nature of reality - don't attach to things that are impermanent, or you will suffer as a result of the transient nature of existence.
The final two speak to the futility of clinging to attachments, and offer analogies to avoid doing so.
From Tich Nguyet Han:
"Swallows fly in the sky,
The water reflects their images.
The swallows leave no traces,
Nor does the water retain their images."
And, from the book "Geeta Enlightened" by Yogi Mahajan:
"Lao Tse say: 'When the sage walks he leaves no footprints behind.'
He is in timelessness, where no one moment is more precious than the other. In his journey through life, the sage leaves no traces on the sands of the mind. He neither goes anywhere, nor comes from anywhere. Like a lotus leaf he remains untouched by the ripples of the water."
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