Glen, where/when does one need to let go of attachment? Oftentimes, I hear in the cries of frustration and desperation of those around me, “why aren’t things working in my life?” Why are we so attached to outcomes? Why are we so much relying on things to happen? How can we ‘need’ to let go of attachments? What is a healthy way to deal with this addiction to our expectations (a question from a reader of my book)?
Response: Humbly and respectfully, I believe we must learn to better and better act in a healthful spirit of loving selflessness, allowing ourselves the true freedom of alleviating expectations, preset patterns of thinking, hidden agendas, and the need for selfish recognition. It is in the loving and altruistic spirit of true honesty, allowing for true happiness – it is realizing greater and greater mastery in playing the part of the unblemished ‘witness’ to our internal and external environments. It is the right thing for the right sake in selflessly embracing true health…alleviating the pernicious weight of what you coin as ‘attachment.’ In better and better realization of this healthful spirit, we can more so avoid getting permanently stuck on stagnant plateaus (not to speak harshly – but not unlike a purgatory/living death).
On one important level of this issue, it is significant to learn to NEED to genuinely embrace a deep abiding spirit of forgiveness of ourselves and others. If there is a Heaven, if there is a ‘key to the universe,’ if there is a ‘sixth sense,’ they are rooted in true honesty, promoting of true happiness and true freedom…but most importantly, needing less and less to hide behind. It can be a benevolent and selfless ‘glimpse’ of an existence, so-to-speak, in which we have no need for attachment to yesterday, today, or tomorrow – once again, nothing to hide behind…all is known.
Here in this existence, in a splendidly healthful spirit, we can live each day, each moment, inspired anew…more and more ‘present’ and embracing of the miracles/blessings of each moment…inclusive of healthful change. A key to unlock the door to true health, i.e., the ‘magic elixir,’ may be found in true appreciation – true appreciation of our best moments AND our difficult moments. — Dr. Glen Hepker
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