When we think of the concept of detachment, I would gather most people immediately think in terms of tangible, material things.

Intellectually, many may understand the misdemeanor of happiness resulting from the accumulation of possessions, but how freeing is it when people take the time to understand what deeper possessions they carry within them?

It’s not so much these “materials” that do not belong to us that create internal conflict when seeking happiness, but rather the meanings of those things we need to learn to detach from. It is typically the meaning and opinion placed upon belongings that result in feelings of despair.

Perhaps the deeper problem is when we fail to focus on the accumulation of belief systems we carry with us to each and every moment of our existence. We all carry prefixed notions and beliefs with us that deter us from being One with the moment.

Perhaps Buddhists were speaking of this deeper sense of detachment. Is it not the teachings of Ernest Holmes that each and every moment just IS? Do our personal experiences, or rather our lives, get downgraded because of the formulated opinions we have and inadvertently carry forth with us to each one of our moments?

When we learn to detach from the meanings and emotions that are so ingrained in us and shape our experiences, only then will we be rewarded with true happiness.

The moment must be free to be the moment without trying to experience anything more, without trying to understand or control it.

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Your Space April, 2014

Jennifer Picinic, PhD
Certified Spiritual Counselor