Saturday, November 21, 2020

The lesson from non-attachment

Saturday, November 21, almost 2 am, the early morning. Last night, I went to bed at 10 pm and woke up now fully rested. I worked a lot this week. At my job I was so busy with REST micro services but I finished almost everything that needs to be done for this year.

The company I'm working for gave to every employee 2 additional vacation days, so I will not work on December 24th and 31st, that is nice of them. The end of the year is never busy and this year is a special time. Starting this Monday, the full lockdown is in affect in Toronto.

This shitty year started with the lockdown in March and it is finishing in the same way. I am using this time as an opportunity to slim down and to strengthen my body. This morning my weight was 91.2 kg. I did 11 yoga practices this month so far. All is going well.

I have a couple concerns I want to change in my life. I have to smoke less, drink less, eat less. More strength exercise, yoga, long walking...  that's the plan for the lockdown. They will not bend my intent on my lonely path to sainthood. 😉

My home modernization project is finished today, well just picture is missing. I gave the picture for framing yesterday and the guy told me it will be finished in 2 weeks. Here you can see the result of my project.

I did pretty good job in combining the things, black, white and red is a triple ton I wanted to accomplished. And the picture that is coming should break all that, it should bring adventure. I call my project 400 books for a woman's ass 😀 Funny.

this picture is going on the wall

When I look at last week of my life, my behavior in particular, I noticed I am not attached to things and people. I loved my books dearly, I read every book multiple times and in no-time I got rid of them. I apply the same attitude to the people in my life. They come and go so easily without leaving a trace on my mind.

Non-attachment sounds a bit intimidating, doesn’t it?

Here is what they say about it:

The root of suffering is attachment – The Buddha

When we come to non-attachment, then we can understand the marvelous mystery of the universe: how it is intense activity and at the same time intense peace, how it is work every moment and rest every moment. – Swami Vivekananda

Consider the trees which allow the birds to perch and fly away without either inviting them to stay or desiring them never to depart. If your heart can be like this, you will be near to the Way. – Zen saying

Act without expectation – Lao Tzu

He who is attached to things will suffer much. – Tao Te Ching

Attach not thyself to anything unless in it thou seest the reality of God. – Abdu’l-Baha

Detachment is not that you should own nothing, but that nothing should own you. – Ali Ibn Abi Talib

Well 400 books for a woman's ass is not about being a cold or emotionally dead brick, instead, it’s about learning how to let go of the thoughts and emotions that create suffering. 

Essentially, this project is about letting go of everything, both physical and non-physical – or what spiritual teaching refers to as “dying before I die.” 

At first, it sounds scary, but dying before I die really only means letting go of everything that is preventing me from finding what is true, eternal, unchanging, and forever present.

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