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As we approach the obligatory day of gratitude in the U. S., some of you may not feel particularly grateful. I understand. I faced an entire decade of challenges when my heart wasn’t overflowing with gratitude. I just wanted it – all the challenges – to all go away.
There are countless reasons why you might not feel grateful at the moment:
Sadly, non-attachment or detachment as proposed in Buddhism is radically misunderstood by many. Non-attachment actually brings about the most profound sense of care, compassion, and freedom you could ever imagine.
But, I understand why the word “detachment” might send chills up your spine. So let’s set the picture straight.
Non-attachment doesn’t mean being cold as a stone. Emotions don’t cease to exist as you learn to let go. You just relate to them differently because you understand their ephemeral nature. And that, thank goodness, means there’s a lot less to get riled up about.
“From one point of view, this 21st century is an amazing time. We have amazing technology and we enjoy the benefits of that technology. But from another point of view it’s a horrible time because we are actually destroying the very basis of our existence and survival – our environment. This is an utter contradiction.” – the Karmapa
If saving a life were as easy as giving up some of your creature comforts, would you do so?
You probably wouldn’t give it a second thought if the opportunity were right in front of you. But for some reason, the reality of climate change remains abstract, unreal, or implausible for most people.
Eyes open or closed, the planet is heating up. According to an article in the NY Times, by the year 2047,
“…for a given geographic area, ‘the coldest year in the future will be warmer than the hottest year in the past,’ said Camilo Mora, the lead scientist on a paper published in the journal Nature.”
And that means unimaginable human and environmental consequences.
I hope you’ll have the holiday you truly want and deserve. So I’m sharing a post I wrote last year that asks you to pause now – before all the frenzy begins – to consider what it is you truly want.
Isn’t it ironic that so much depression occurs around the holidays – theoretically the time of joy and goodwill? Not to mention all out, over the top stress. And dread – the feeling you just have to hold on tight and make it through to the New Year.
We’re so tuned into meeting everyone’s expectations, demands, wishes, and requests, we hardly take time to consider what we truly want.
You can have a happy holiday, but it means being fully honest with yourself. Take some time to ask yourself these questions now before the chaos overcomes you. Let your imagination run freely. Give your most candid answers:
Editor’s Note: This is a guest post by Galen Pearl. It’s part of my occasional series Stories of Transformation.
“What the caterpillar calls the end of the world, the master calls a butterfly.” – Richard Bach
Years ago, I was a mess. Chronic fretting and stress were affecting my health. My determination to control my world was wearing me out, and of course it was a complete failure. I yelled at the kids…a lot. I didn’t sleep well. Relaxing and having fun were out of the question.
After ending up in the emergency room twice with excruciating pain that had no medically detectible origin, I knew that this was my wake up call from life. As Step One of the Twelve Steps says, my life had become unmanageable, and I had to change or die. So I set about to transform my life.
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