Category Archives: Detachment

Letting go of that which would bind or enslave us

When tools enslave

I’m not a luddite; I love technology and information-era tools. But I can’t help feeling that most people with smartphones are more addicted to their devices than they realize or care to admit….  And that’s kind of scary. Having access … Continue reading

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Knowing that we can’t know

From ancient Egyptians to classical Greeks, the maxim “know thyself” has been a long-revered approach to self-inquiry and understanding. But what if “know thyself” means knowing you can’t actually know yourself? Although we’re self-reflective beings, we’re never able to cross … Continue reading

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Thinking about thinking

Happiness involves a kind of “meta-awareness” — a consciousness of consciousness. That is, being aware of what we’re thinking enables us to let go of negative thoughts that produce feelings of unhappiness within us. Through awareness of our thoughts, we … Continue reading

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Happiness is…

Happiness is what’s left after we strip away cluttery thoughts of ego and attachment. Ironically, our own thinking is the stumbling block we must overcome to be content and happy. Like anything that’s real and true, happiness is with us all … Continue reading

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Don’t worry. Be happy.

Admittedly, I never really thought about the lyrical wisdom expressed in Bobby McFerrin’s 1988 hit song. Sure, the catchy, upbeat tune makes you want to smile and whistle along — which, funnily enough, takes your mind off worries and engenders … Continue reading

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Becoming free

That about says it all.  🙂 This post is dedicated to Krista Murphy, a longtime friend, compatriot and genuine seeker of wisdom and truth. She’s also someone who likes to share a good laugh — undoubtedly one of friendship’s greatest gifts. … Continue reading

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Purging emotional clutter

Forgiveness — letting things go — is the key to healing and inner peace. External clutter often mirrors internal disarray — it’s usually a visible sign of inner turmoil or distress in our lives. Effectively purging external “crap” is only … Continue reading

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Stuff begets stuff

Let me begin with a Zen reflection — a haiku that describes a perplexing and common dilemma: We own to feel free But possessed by possessions, Ownership enslaves. In short, the more we have, the more we need… because we … Continue reading

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Motto for today… and always

Simplicity isn’t about deprivation; it’s about freedom from encumbrances. By eliminating what we don’t need and focusing only on the essential, we reject distractions that keep us from living happy and purposeful lives. In achieving this balance, we become our … Continue reading

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Just a visitor (or, “A Backpack/Death Manifesto”)

Lately I’ve been thinking a lot about our mortality — not in a bad way, but as a healthy reminder that life is short, and it’s important to live our lives fully and authentically. This full-length post combines luggage with … Continue reading

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