Striving for inner peace in the midst of drama, chaos, or any experience that is less than desirable is challenging for anyone, even the most mindfully oriented person. In many situations, we can fend off the pressure of being drawn into the experience; however, some situations or experiences reach our vulnerability, and it is hard not to be sucked into the attachment and cause a reaction versus a response.
Practicing detachment is a necessity, not an option if you want to live your life in mindful awareness. Detachment assists you in observation and evaluation of a strong feeling or emotion you are experiencing. These feelings and emotions are what trigger your response.
In meditation class, I use this analogy: You are on a train platform in a subway station – you do not jump on a moving train, so why do we jump into a thought, feeling or emotion that is destructive. Instead of attaching ourselves, why not observe the thought, feeling or emotion as it passes by; then respond.
Learn to see what is coming up, process it and let it pass like the train and let go of it. Conceptually, this is easy to understand but applying in the midst of a challenging experience is much more difficult. That is why it is important to create a practice of quiet stillness, which may include meditation, to help cultivate a clearer picture of ourselves objectively. Practice learning to view life through a lens with an expansive, panoramic view rather than viewing life so close you can not see all sides of what is being experienced. Click the Listen Now button below to enjoy a brief mindful exercise on the art of detachment.
In the process of learning to have a panoramic view of life,