what is non-attachment?

Briefly, for me, non-attachment to feelings and/or ideas is the ability to watch, feel and experience without believing the narrative that might accompany the feelings or the experience and then being able to respond if appropriate rather than reacting. It’s about living in the moment and surrendering to the unknown. This is a practice in… Continue Reading →

What is non-attachment?

“For a long time, I believed not being attached meant not feeling anything too strongly one way or another, as if becoming sad or angry was a sign of spiritual non-attaintment. I thought that the fruit of spiritual practice was to abide in a permanent state of non-reaction or, if I did feel something “negative” it should somehow magically dissolve in the nectar of unseen equanimity so I could be returned to a state of bliss. Whatever that means.”

Myth, metaphor and coming to awareness…

Metaphor and myth must be relied on when the nervous system cannot handle reality.This isn’t a joke it’s very serious. Trauma embeds and it’s too painful to tolerate… as we heal we start to be able to heal the excruciatingly painful psycho/spiritual dimension as embedded in the body …

Working with “parts” and “subpersonalities” as we come to consciousness and heal

Those of us whose nervous system have been destroyed by psych drugs and withdrawal from them often find ourselves simply splayed open. In essence, our unconscious is screaming at us because our nervous systems have been gravely injured. As we begin to heal we find ourselves diving more and more deeply into our psyches by necessity. This is about some of what we find. This is not unique to those of us who’ve come off psych drugs…it’s simply laid bare. All our human psyches are made like this. …

The only thing we can hang onto

The realization of impermanence is paradoxically the only thing we can hold onto, perhaps our only lasting possession. It is like the sky, or the earth. No matter how much everything around us may change or collapse, they endure. Say we go through a shattering emotional crisis … our whole life seems to be disintegrating … our husband or wife suddenly leaves us without warning. The earth is still there; the sky is still there. Of course, even the earth trembles now and again, just to remind us we cannot take anything for granted … [click on title for the rest of the post]

Holding on to beliefs limits our experience of life

One of my practices is to not attach to beliefs. We really know very little. What is true most often depends on context and interpretation. Both of which are always changing and differ from person to person. What is right for me may not be right for you. What is right for me today may not be what I need tomorrow.

Practicing non-attachment to belief and also being aware of when perhaps I’m not able to do this has opened up my world in lovely ways. Fixation is stagnation. Dogma is a fixation of belief.

Healing and resiliency, I’ve found, require a lack of fixation…a sort of fluidity of spirit and intention. It is from this place that much of my healing comes. … [click on title to read and view more]

Healing is many things synergistically coming together

Healing for me has been more about learning to live well than about finding the right healing method or technique. For me what that might be varies everyday, in fact. So that learning to listen to my body/mind/spirit complex is much more important than habitual and rote healing methods. Everything changes everyday for me. Nothing remains the same. Getting attached to what might be perceived as “healthy” habits by others can be detrimental for me. In the state of high dysregulation that the iatrogenic injury from psychiatric drugs caused what is helpful one day becomes unhelpful the next. Ah! What a lesson in listening. How important it becomes to practice non-attachment. The rug gets pulled from under the feet daily. Truly, it’s been an amazing opportunity (if also sometimes highly frustrating) in not attaching to anything. And thus it’s been a great teacher about the nature of reality which also changes in every instance. Nothing is permanent. All is transient. As I heal all this becomes simpler. But this particular healing process has had a very sharp and very long learning curve. … [click on title for the rest of the post]

I know nothing

Above all we have to go beyond words and images and concepts. No imaginative vision or conceptual framework is adequate to the great reality. — Bede Griffiths

Precisely why I borrow from numerous traditions (religious and spiritual) as well as the sciences to point towards that which is. … [click on title for the rest of the post]

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