You know what feels really good? Absolutely amazing, even? Non attachment.
I’ve been practicing non attachment to people, places, and things for quite a while now and as a spiritual practice, it’s empowering. It’s freeing. It’s like taking a deep breath that you really needed to take when you didn’t exactly realize you were holding your breath. However, I’ve been a little attached still to some of my things, for reasons you may not expect.
You see this chair? I call it my Leni chair. Leni was my dog who suddenly passed away in the winter of 2018-2019. She was my little soul mate- our bond was instant and she never left my side. I used to sit in this chair and work on my laptop, and she’d jump up and squish herself between my leg and the side of the chair, falling asleep partly on my leg, partly on my laptop, partly on the chair. She never looked comfortable but she’d stay that way for hours, soundly sleeping, just wanting to be close to me.
So I kept my Leni chair. I love this chair. But lately something in me has brought up the urge to go deeper with my non attachment practice. After all, it IS just a chair. Those memories are with me forever. The chair doesn’t change that. Plus, the idea of someone else loving it as I have makes me feel happy.
Some of you know in a few months I’ll be back in Seattle, in preparation for my clinical field work. I’m slowly but surely coming around to the idea of going full non attachment and selling everything before I go back.. starting completely fresh in Seattle. It IS a new chapter for me, after all. Let’s see if I can do it ;)
What sorts of attachments have you been holding onto, that maybe could feel really good if you just let go? After all, nothing in this life is ours forever.. everything serves its purpose for a time... and then we let go ✨
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