When you buy or receive something new, don’t you notice how a sense of attachment comes right along? It may not be so obvious at first, but it’s always there in the background quietly grinding away at you.
It all begins with “I like” or “I want”. But once the immediate delight wears off, attachment inevitably gives rise to difficult emotions like worry, fear, concern, or anger as you feel the impulse to maintain or protect whatever you’ve gained.
Day in and day out, we are constantly imprisoned by attachment. Yet we seldom notice that often it’s all these material possessions that are triggering our anxiety or fear.