Attached To Feeling Good

Many ‘spiritual’ teachings encourage positive thinking, yet by doing so they are resisting the entirety of our human experience. The teachings can often be so generalised that they do not take into account an individual’s personal history, conditioning and much more. What we need is balance, and to not be attached to feeling joyful or blissed-up and happy.

In Buddhism it is said non-attachment to everything is the key to genuine freedom. We could yearn for a lottery win or a raise at work and believe that it would make us happy, but it could come, it could go and we yearn again for more. The attachment to circumstances prevents real genuine freedom.

A few years back when I was working, I was very attached to outcome. I believed that if I only had more money and was able to travel the world I would be happy, I would feel free. I never felt I had enough money.

Yet now 4 years later I have 99% less money than I had before, yet I place more value on what I have, and my life has become more free. I was attached to what a specific form of happiness would bring me. It took life breaking down and removing all ‘normal’ outer abundance to begin the quest to see what was beneath all the stuff of attachments.

Is It Easy?

No it isn’t, not in the beginning anyhow. It’s an ongoing day-by-day, moment-by-moment practice. Some days I feel immense freedom as I value different things in my life now. Other times I experience judgement, attachment, jealousy, compare myself with others, and most of the human emotions many of us would rather be rid of. The only difference is I keep bringing myself back to where I am – the present moment.

 

Anxiety and Trust 

Since beginning to embrace the anxiety that I had been resisting for years (see HERE), when I meditate I am learning to release expectations, to release attachments.

Before mindfulness I did not trust life. I worried incessantly about the future. I had no faith that life would take care of me and I now know trust is born from the present moment.

As we begin to live moment-by-moment we naturally begin to trust living, and life naturally evolves and unfolds. As we fear and feel anxious about the next moment, the next week, month or year, there can be no space for heartfelt trust.

So if you feel no trust, I recommend spending time daily embracing your present moment experience. If you feel lonely, sad, angry, jealous, upset, happy, peaceful – be with those feelings. As you wash the dishes feel the soap suds, listen to the sounds around you, sense your posture, your feet on the ground. As you clean your home, feel the cloth in your hand, listen to the vacuum clean, fully feel it – this is all meditation. And if you can make time each day to sit and meditate, feeling your feelings, without expectation of peace, joy or bliss, over time you will feel a greater sense of trust. This is not an instant process. It takes a commitment to your own freedom, but I guarantee you, if you begin now you will feel a sense of relief.

If I can be mindful anyone can, as I used to live 99.9% in future thinking. 

Your Life Will Not Come To A Standstill

Being mindful you still get things done, you still plan, you simply are not attached to the outcome of any plans. Life could change and as you were not attached to a specific plan or outcome you flow with the tide of life instead of against it. You won’t be sitting on a meditation cushion chanting ‘Om’ while your children starve or you lose your job. Life simply flows differently; life becomes more fluid.

Your actions and choices come from being strongly rooted in the present moment. You can still eat pizza, meat, have sex, judge, think – life does not become boring; it becomes more vivid and colourful without the attachment to drama.

You awaken – where you are.

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Kelly Martin

Kelly Martin is the author of ‘When Everyone Shines But You’ , a passionate writer and blogger questioning life’s illusions. After what seemed like a decade of intense anxiety, feelings of failure and grief from the loss of her father she chose to take a mindfulness path and has not looked back since. Kelly encourages people to find the treasures that lie within the pain and suffering and to learn to see themselves as ‘enough’ exactly as they are, right now through her writing and You Tube channel .

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4 Comments

  1. dream109
    August 1, 2013 / 5:34 pm

    So true, Kelly. I know that I feel better when I'm more mindful and in the present. I've also not felt nowhere as near as fearful when I'm not worrying about the past or future. I would like to introduce a little bit more mindfulness into my day to day routine 🙂

  2. August 1, 2013 / 5:39 pm

    Thanks for commenting Rachel, really glad it resonated. It is something that has finally began to release all the doubt I had been feeling all those years. I am being more consistently mindful each day now, and it is so worthwhile.

  3. Andy Bowker
    August 1, 2013 / 9:56 pm

    Now I just need to learn to be present when the internet connection cuts out 🙂 Great post Kelly. I am doing my best to be present, not always easy in a busy job but work is getting better and I am certainly more aware of my thoughts about work in general, without judging them.

  4. August 2, 2013 / 9:25 am

    Sounds great Andy, so glad you are able to be more present. It amazes me after 13+ years of spiritual questing I come full circle back to the present moment and all the other techniques/teachings have fallen by the wayside to the simplicity of the now.

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