"Subtle attachments come in the form of our images and beliefs about ourselves, about how life should be, about how others should be."
I soon will be heading on a few trips. I find packing a bit daunting. You have to choose wisely what you are going to bring because you can't bring everything. I usually start by taking out too much, knowing that I will need to eliminate items. In some ways this is a form of non-attachment because I have to let so much go, but also a bit of a form of attachment because I am taking the things I really like and feel can't live without.
Deborah writes of this too and says, "How many suitcases full of expectations, tasks, plans, resentments, and unforgiven moments was I toting around with me everyday?"
"Pack light for the journey..Strip yourself to raw nakedness and vulnerability, the yogis teach us. This is the invitation of nonpossessiveness. Are we up to the unpacking?"
To be non attached can come across as being non-caring.
Deborah writes,"Nonattachement does not mean that we don't care. In fact nonattachment frees us up to be immersed in appreciation of life and one another."
Deborah invites us to take time this week to journal and explore this yama of non greed.
Pay attention to your breath. Let the simple act of inhaling and exhaling teach you about the fullness of breathing in life without the need to hold on to it. Notice when you may be grasping the breath for too long.
Take time to also examine the objects in your life and how they make you feel.
Deborah ends with a quote by Swami Jnaneshvara:
"Love is what is left when you've let go of all the things you love."
In Peace and Gratitude,