Recognizing the Disadvantages of Attachment


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Recognizing the Disadvantages of Attachment

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Original in Spanish, translation byLuis Prada.

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Think of a subject and examine the following points:

1. Which are the persons, objects, goods, circumstances, habits, likings, ideas, etc., for which you feel attachment?
2. Think of a person, object or good, ask yourself: "Does it really have all the qualities that I have imputed or attributed to it?"
3. Do you consider that that person or object will always be there, without change, and permanently will produce you happiness?   Think that you change physical and mentally and that also others suffer the same changes; so don’t you have false and unreal expectations of the persons, circumstances or things?
4. Reflect on this: How the attachment make you act?  For instance: Do you walk over your ethic principles to obtain that to which you are attached to?  Do you fall into destructive relationships to obtain the object of attachment or in perturbating conducts that induce you to commit one of the ten destructive actions?

Conclusion:

Think that attachment behaves as a thief that destroys your tranquility and robs you of your happiness, for which you should be determined to eliminate it from your life.

Transforming the Attachment

Think of a subject of attachment and examine it through the following points:

1. If you achieve obtaining the object, person, social position, recognition, etc., you desire, will it bring you lasting happiness or satisfaction?, what new problems would you have for taking care of or conserving them?  Consider this, does the attachment to that person or thing have the capacity to give you lasting happiness?
2. If you separate yourself from that attachment, would it be the worst that may happen to you? Are there possibilities it occur what you thought about it? What are the resources, internal or of the community, that can help you to solve or modify the situation?
3. Now, remember the persons, objects, circumstances, of which you have separated from and be happy for the time you spent together.  Recognize that those days already passed and that the future will be different.
4. Imagine that you give away the person or thing that was the object of your attachment to somebody and that this one receive them with happiness.

Conclusion:

Feel the sentiment of freedom, balance and altruism that saturates you and allows you to enjoy other persons without attachment.

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