Last updated November, 2019.
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Over the years we've written a lot about topics related to mindfulness and meditation. We've published more than 100 articles here and elsewhere on the Internet, as well as a steady stream of Facebook posts and Tweets.
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 into this nice box we've designed. And, if they don't, we experience frustration, disappointment, resentment, anger...
If we learned to let go, however, we wouldn't be dragged.
The problem is, letting go is scary. 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?
If so, why do we still cling to our attachments?
The answer is, 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 attention to the idea of "letting go." And, you are realizing there are two options in each unfolding moment:
What are you going to do?
I suggest being mindful in the hours and days ahead, and making note of your attachments (i.e., taking an honest assessment). And, mark your calendar to check back here in a few days for a follow-up musing with suggestions for next steps
(note - here is that follow-up musing).
Stop getting caught up in the stories running through your head.