Okay Rachel. Why in the world do you have a picture of a dustpan on your blog? Well, today as I was preparing tea settings for some company I am expecting my darling egg shaped salt and pepper shaker went falling to the floor shattering into a mess of salt and ceramic pieces. That’s not the remarkable event though. What’s remarkable is I really didn’t care. “Eh” , was all I could muster in response.
Then I realized that this apathetic attitude towards loss has become habit in my life. For instance, my purse was recently ripped into by my best friend’s dog. An expensive purse that I enjoy greatly. Once again, “Eh.” Patched that baby up and continued on. My favorite mug broke, a pair of earrings I adore, a humming bird figurine my great grandmother gave me, my car battery, a pair of purple boots….the list is endless. And until I sat down now to write I hadn’t realized how much destruction this small apartment has held in the past month or so. “Eh,” is an attitude of non-attachment that I’ve been working to cultivate in my daily experiences. Not only with physical items but relationships and circumstances as well. A year ago, I would have been needlessly devastated over the “loss” of each of these items. Silly really. But that’s where I was a year ago in relation to possessions, people and perspective. I am happy to say I’ve come a long way while still continuing on.
Here’s some of what I’ve learned along the journey:
-Nothing lasts forever.
-The only constant is change.
-Each moment is of equal importance.
-This too shall pass.
A collection of mantras I repeat in moments of severe attachment when my clingy nature rears its ugly head. Instead of focusing negative energy on that which I am dissatisfied in I am developing a habit of sending out positive signals to the universe. Repeating these statements of truth center my being harmonizing my reality. This former hoarder is no longer captive to belongings nor relationships nor circumstances. Life flows freely through my body and soul. The more I empty myself the more I can receive and the more I can give.
So how about you? What’s your perspective on attachment vs. non-attachment? Any struggles? Triumphs? Some where in between? Leave your comments below!