Non-Attachment (part 1)

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Kyle Shiver INHA

– We want change, but we don’t want to change.
– Our strongest attachment is with our self image.
– You are, as you see yourself.

First off, it is impossible for us to not get attached to people, and our environment. We get used to our bed, our car, our spouse, we just get used to the routine of our lives, and this is perfectly normal. However, when seeking to change ourselves, our lives, or whatever our situation may be, we find that this will require for us to make changes. Many times I have found that I am attached to what I need to change, and this is where the trouble comes in. We all(myself included) want change, but we don’t want to change. We have a difficult time changing, even changing things that are unhealthy for us.

I am attached to many people in my life, my wife, daughter, my parents, people I work and play with, and also I am attached to material possessions (which is another blog entirely). I love my instruments, guitars, mandolins, and of course there are times when I look at one of my guitars and think “I cannot imagine life, if something ever happened to you.” But the attachment that I have that I’m working on letting go of, is the attachment that I have with my self image. Why? Because the way I see myself is the way I will be. You might think that you see yourself as you are, but in reality, you are, as you see yourself. Wow. I had to sit down for a few minutes on that one. So, you don’t see yourself as you are, it goes like this: you are, as you see yourself.

This realization completely changed my life, and it can change yours too.

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