Eckhart tolle – back to sanity

BACK TO SANITY 

6 Reasons Why You Might Want to Let Go of Attachment. ~ Andrew Martin

“Attachment is the great fabricator of illusions; reality can be attained only by someone who is detached” – Simone Weil

The Buddha taught that attachment, which is the desire to hold on to a permanent state or keep a thing or person, generates craving, wanting, and insecurity, and he believed it is one of the main causes of human suffering.

Non-attachment, on the other hand, aims to cultivate a mind free from these limiting desires. Once we do this we can then move towards a mind of oneness, which involves compassion, clarity of vision, and an understanding of impermanence.

Not only do humans become attached to physical objects or things, but also to relationships, ideas, opinions, and success and failure. Most the of problems we face as a species and planet are a direct result of our attachment to one or more of these things.

If there is one thing that remains certain in this life, it is change. As soon as we realize the impermanence of our existence it becomes much easier to let go of attachment. While in theory this sounds easy, however, even the greatest of masters struggle with letting go…

“Some of us think holding on makes us strong, but sometimes it is letting go” – Herman Hesse

“Some of us think holding on makes us strong, but sometimes it is letting go” – Herman Hesse

1. Less Pain and Suffering

Humans tend to hold on to things, but this futile grasping, this attachment, most often leads to pain and suffering. This is because we internalize possessions, relationships, or other objects of desire. Let me explain. Suppose I have access to something or someone from whom I derive pleasure, happiness, or some form of enjoyment, then suddenly this access is taken away. What happens? If we are attached, we suffer; we feel like we have been robbed. We feel like something that was once ‘ours’ is no longer. Hence, we suffer and experience pain.

2. Releasing Illusory States

The human mind is an aggregate of conditions, beliefs, experiences, and perceptions. We start building mental models of the way things should be. As most of us do not live in the present, we hang on to these illusions which exist only in our minds. When something comes along that doesn’t correlate with our illusory mental states, we again suffer and again experience pain. This is because we have anchored or attached onto some object, experience, or desire that we wish to possess.

3. Letting Go of Ego and Identity

We also become attached to our constructed identities. The ego is the I, the me, our personal identity. It is our perception of self, the separation of ourselves from others, our attachment to who we think we are. It is an illusion that we have created to distract us from the truth. We fear losing our identity, as this identity gives us something to cling on to. Many people have experienced this loss of identity more recently with the global financial crisis. Jobs, homes, and relationships have been destroyed. Our attachment to these physical objects and relationships has left many people empty and struggling to find some form of identity.

4. Attachment Restricts New Experiences and Limits Potential

Non-attachment and openness allows the individual to accept alternative ideas, possibilities, and change. This facilitates the cultivation of new ideas and opportunities and promotes the state of ‘beingness’ as opposed to ‘doingness.’ In this modern, 24/7 techno hyperdrive of sensory overload it is often difficult detach ourselves because we have become too busy. We are busy being distracted and seduced by the next sound bite, the next gadget, the next thing.

5. Experience Freedom, Space, and Meaning

Non-attachment gives us the freedom, space, and time to contemplate the true meaning of life, while attachment distracts us from reality. It influences how we perceive and react to our immediate world, since a world of excess leads to a roller coaster of highs and lows. This in turn motivates us to seek out more of those high moments of pleasure. We enter into a hedonistic world of want-fulfilment which creates further wanting in an attempt to bring lasting happiness.

6. Truly Experiencing What it Means to Love

While at first the concept of non-attachment in relationships and love seems almost contradictory, it makes complete sense when you consider the true nature of love. When you love without condition (without attachment to receiving anything back) you are truly loving. Love is a state of being.

When you love someone and expect something in return, that relationship is then based upon condition. When you love someone or something without being concerned for a result, or reciprocity, then you have mastered what it means to love. To let go of this state of wanting something in return is truly powerful and the highest form of love we can offer, as it exists without condition and without fear. It is pure freedom.
Source: Meditation Station

Discovering Spaciousness in the Midst of Your Daily Life ~ Mary O’Malley

Spaciousness is like a vitamin we need for good health. We know spaciousness inside of ourselves when the struggling voices in our heads take a vacation and we are filled with ease and joy. This spaciousness can arise, too, when we let go of the have-tos, deadlines, and expectations of our daily life. And while we try to cultivate it through getting back to nature or a weekend with nothing scheduled or even a vacation, a good question to ask is, “How can we discover spaciousness right in the middle of our busy lives?”

The key is to cultivate a shift of perception about life, and one of the most powerful ways I have discovered for doing this is to go sit on the moon in my imagination. I have an arm chair up there, and whenever I find myself getting tight about life, I go sit and look at myself and life from a broader perspective. So, let’s go sit on the moon together right now and really enjoy the view. There is Mars off to your left and Venus to your right. And you can even see Saturn and its rings in the distance. This is our neighborhood and these are our neighbors! And there, right in front of us, is our home, the beautiful blue green jewel of the Earth. As you look at her from our vantage point on the moon, see the beauty of this living river of creativity that is our planet. This tiny spaceship Earth is moving through vast oceans of space – so vast that it would take 4.5 million light years just to travel to the closest star. And that star is just one in this vast universe that contains more stars than we can count.

As you look back at the Earth, you see all the people who right now are walking, driving, working, dancing, swimming, birthing, and dying. Recognize that most of them are so lost in trying to do life that they are not really here for life. In my latest book, What’s In the Way IS the Way, I call it “the cloud bank of struggle” and most people walk around all day with this cloud bank surrounding their heads. They have lost the experience of spaciousness and the story of struggle in their heads cuts them off from the experience of being fully alive. Life is much bigger than what is going on in their heads.

You too have some version of that cloud bank that separates you from life – the cloud of the 65,000 thoughts a day that move through your head. If you were able to watch this stream of thought, you would see that its main pastime is trying to make yourself and your life different than what they are. But this web of thought that resides in your head is such a small part of who you really are. It may seem like your struggling self is as big as the universe, but I assure you, it is as tiny as a speck of dust. Yes, when you are lost in it, it can seem like it is limitless, especially when it moves out of the ordinary everyday low grade struggle mode to the mega struggles of fiery anger, heart pounding anxiety, or soul crushing despair. But whether you know it or not, that story of struggle in your head is always moving through a vast spaciousness that is with you right now.

To get a glimpse of this, imagine yourself standing on the Earth, experiencing its immensity. Now imagine yourself sitting on the moon, seeing how tiny the Earth is relative to the rest of the universe, and see that it is floating in space. The same is true for your struggling self. As you step back and begin to explore it – as you get space around it by being curious about what your struggling self is doing rather than being lost in it – you discover that this story of struggle in your head is such a small part of who you really are.

Whenever you find yourself struggling with life, I invite you to sit on the moon, take a deep breath, and bring compassion to the struggling self so it can let go and you can reconnect again with the joy and ease that comes from remembering the spaciousness that is always with you, right here, right now.

Mary O’Malley is an author, counselor and awakening mentor in Kirkland, Washington. In the early 1970’s, a powerful image awakening led Mary to begin changing her relationship with her challenges, freeing her from a lifelong struggle with darkness. Mary’s latest book, What’s In the Way IS the Way, provides a revolutionary approach for healing our fears, anxieties, shame, and confusion, so we can live from a place of ease and well-being. http://www.maryomalley.com

Source: watkinsmagazine

View Here her latest book “What’s in the Way, Is the Way

Karen Johnson ‘The ALIVENESS of Presence’ Interview by Iain McNay

Published on May 23, 2013

Karen Johnson ‘The ALIVENESS of Presence’ Interview by Iain McNay
Karen is a co-founder of The Ridhwan School/Diamond Approach with AH Almaas (Hameed Ali). She talks about her life, her meeting with Almaas and how their friendship lead to the creation and the on-going development of the school. She also shares her own remarkable expression of presence in its many manifestations.
http://www.conscious.tv

Dying Into This (Paperback) By Prajna Ana

We have reached a critical stage in our evolution. What is being asked of us now is to relate to each other from a higher state of consciousness, one born of love and compassion. Dying Into This offers a very practical, accessible message of transformation through love. Written outside of the confines of any religion, order, or philosophy, its clear message simply helps the reader to recognize their innate wisdom. The book supports and cultivates the goodness of each individual by reminding them of their true heart, thereby restoring a deep connection to all of life. Only once we each get in touch with that can any real, positive change happen.

“It is undeniable how connected we all are – to God, to self, and to each other. Once this is seen, we move from love – and that is how we will transform the world – one heart at a time.’
– Prajna Ana

Prajna Ana lives in Asheville, North Carolina. In staying with her own experience and being willing to look honestly at herself, Prajna was able to sink deeper into her inner authority and autonomy – directly experiencing the truth of existence for herself. She was then introduced to deep and profound teachings from a host of influential people. Ultimately, it lit in her an undeniable passion to know what was true above all else.
Although she does not prescribe to any dogma or religious structure, she honors the timeless wisdom within them all. It is from this space of openness where she invites you to un-know and discover the truth for yourself.

Prajna is author of Dying Into This and founder of lampoftheheart.org. Lamp of the Heart produces materials that support the cultivation of inner autonomy, love, and compassion.

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Prajna Ana – Buddha at the Gas Pump Interview

Published on Jan 19, 2013

Prajna Ana lives in Asheville, North Carolina. Although she does not prescribe to any dogma or religious structure, she honors the timeless wisdom within them all. It is from this space of openness where she invites you to un-know and discover the truth for yourself. Prajna is author of Dying Into This and founder of Lamp of the Heart.

About Dying Into This

We have reached a critical stage in our evolution. What is being asked of us now is to relate to each other from a higher state of consciousness, one born of love and compassion. Dying Into This offers a very practical, accessible message of transformation through love. Written outside of the confines of any religion, order, or philosophy, its clear message simply helps the reader to recognize their innate wisdom. The book supports and cultivates the goodness of each individual by reminding them of their true heart, thereby restoring a deep connection to all of life. Only once we each get in touch with that can any real, positive change happen.

“It is undeniable how connected we all are — to God, to self, and to each other. Once this is seen, we move from love — and that is how we will transform the world — one heart at a time.’

— Prajna Ana

Interview recorded 12/29/2012

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