A lot of the ancient spiritual traditions – and some modern ones as well, ask for you to be detached. When you hear the word detachment, you likely assume it implies letting go. At a superficial level, the mind understands this as letting go of all the material things that are holding you down or keeping you away from discovering your truth. So the mind starts making lists of the things it is attached to, believing that releasing them might finally end the suffering and pain it’s trying to avoid. This causes pain, more attachment, and confusion that creates a more significant distance from you to realize who you are.

A deeper understanding of detachment means letting go of expectations, certainty, the need to control and predict what will happen, releasing the others, and releasing the attachment we have with our mind and ego. It’s an ever-occurring detachment because we are full of personalities, beliefs, ideas, presumptions, and fears. It means seeing how this binds us; by seeing this, the essence of who you are can rise and be.

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