3 Ways Practicing Non-Attachment Can Help You Overcome Obstacles

by Bamboo Forest

“You can never get enough of what you don’t want” ~ Dr. Wayne Dyer

We are our own worst enemies.

I believe our biggest problem in life is our unwise attachments. Attachment to foolish things work against us. Conversely, attachment to wise things create incredible opportunities for us.

The focus of this article is what we’d be wise to practice non-attachment to.

Let’s begin:

1. Attachment to your past

Certainly, you can’t change your past, which is why it’s so healthy to be unattached to it.

If you choose attachment to your past, your emotions will be manipulated by your past. This is foolish because the energy used to create your emotions by focusing on the past could instead be channeled into making your life amazing now.

Letting go of the past is easy. Here’s how Eckhart Tolle describes the mechanics of letting go:

“How do you drop a piece of hot coal that you are holding in your hand? How do you drop some heavy and useless baggage that you are carrying?”

Just like the above, when you realize holding onto the past isn’t helping you realize your dreams, you let it go.

2. Attachment to bad habits

When you really think about it, bad habits are nothing more than being attached (a slave) to behaviors that don’t serve you.

While it’s true that when you repeat beneficial behaviors enough you overcome bad habits, it’s equally true that when you view bad habits as attachments, they’re easier to conquer.

The idea of being attached to something that you don’t want is the antithesis to freedom. This reflection alone can help motivate you.

3. Attachment to negative thinking

Do you constantly think negative thoughts and see everything in a negative light, but occasionally you have a flash of insight where you see things positively?

Why not work on being less attached to your negative thoughts. If you’re constantly viewing things in self-defeating ways, you’re attached to negative thinking.

Instead, focus on thoughts that actually make you resourceful in creating a better life for yourself. Thoughts that propel you in a positive direction instead of immobilizing you.

The aforementioned would be an attachment worth having.

Bamboo Forest is a professional Email Life Coach and the founder of Tick Tock Timer

Photo by iandeth

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{ 2 comments… read them below or add one }

Farouk October 4, 2010 at 7:52 am

what you said makes perfect sense
while we should become attached to our goals and dreams we must get rid of such negative attachments that only slows us down


Bamboo Forest October 4, 2010 at 5:11 pm

@ Farouk: Well said.

At the very least, being attached to giving it our ALL to accomplish our dreams is a very beneficial attachment! Giving it all you got (really all you got) is an extremely noble endeavor.


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