A Troubled Mind Is Due To Attachment
‘Attachment’ is holding on, which becomes a habit and then an addiction. We attach our selves to a our self identity and subtle experiences: subtle attachments will occur until the moment of enlightenment.
We are, first and foremost, consciousness – unadorned consciousness – which is detached from everything, and so sees clearly. We can look, touch, smell, taste, hear and play but, if we cling to the experience, this will cause us sorrow of some sort. There isn’t anything wrong with attachment itself, but it limits the experience and slows our evolution to realising what we truly are. In letting go – or being detached – we can look at things afresh, rather than in the same old habitual way.
Our mental health is affected by our attachment to ideas in the mind, rather than the ideas themselves. These fixations create a troubled mind, bringing about distress and unhappiness.
Detachment means that we let go. We stop clinging. It is clinging to ideas that causes us suffering due to the emotions it creates. In meditation, we get a chance to detach ourselves from ideas and emotions: these ideas still arise, but we no longer follow them, allowing them to govern our lives. We note … and let go. This ‘remaining reserved’ allows us to see afresh and maybe approach situations in a different – and more skilful – way.
We are not fettered by appearances in the mind;
we are fettered by attachment to those appearances.
Detachment brings clarity,
which cuts through habitual, conceptual thinking.
Detachment means that we can move on,
which makes life worth living!