The root of suffering II. The attachment

raíz del sufrimientoIn the previous article it was explained that there are two basic principles of the root of suffering that reveal why we  caused the pain ourselves and argued about one of them: the principle of impermanence. But: what is the other principle?

This second life principle complements the first one and in it is the key to avoiding mental suffering.

It goes by saysing If you don’t want to suffer; do not attach, do not hold, do not cling, to that which is impermanent.

It is known as the detachment principle.

For example: If you attach to the clothes you wear them, they will have to last forever, you will suffer at the end.

If you get attached to the fact that your body should always be young and in good health, you will suffer at the end.

And just as we cling to tangible things, we also cling to intangibles, such as thoughts, emotions and feelings.

Example: Suppose you and I had an argument yesterday. And I got upset, I got mad at you. There is an easy way for me to continue in that same state of mind: Remember, bring to mind and cling, time after time, to the situation that gave rise to my anger.

The power of the mind and thoughts

I tacitly suffer because I am constantly carrying in my mind mental objects (thoughts, emotions, etc.), that belong to the past or the future, I “nail” them there, and then I begin to energize them.

The mind is a tool (and it is a tool because you were not born with it, you acquired it in the course of socialization and education), which moves constantly from past to future.

If you examine the clothes of the thoughts (their contents), you will notice that almost all belong to the past or the future.

And is that thinking, as a rule, is to miss the present (the only time that life passes). Stress and anxiety are precisely a division of the body and mind.

You breathe now and here, but with tremendous ease you entertain yourself with the mind whether traveling to the past or to the future and that means  to be divided energetically, because you are not a body and a mind apart.

And when you are divided, nervous tension appears; which is the faculty of having our body here, in the present, and the mind elsewhere.

Of course, there are exercises or tools that help to practice these two principles.

In future articles I will give them to you (the following 4 articles will be dedicated to them).

What you should be clear is that, just as you cannot submit to a river and you just have to surrender to its current, in the same way, you cannot submit to the river of life, you just have to flow with the currents of its permanent changes

Attachments are precisely leaving the continuity of life to stay on one of the banks.

It is to fight against the impermanence of life by believing that everything can remain the same, or that it can be returned to a previous state.

Attaching is the mental illusion that there is some security in living. Attachments, in short, is suffering in its maximum expression.

The advice is clear: Be passionately detached!

 

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