May 10, 2020
Last week, I introduced you in my Ben's Sabbath Ramblings: Mini-Journalings Of The Week article to the idea that each Sunday, I'll be beginning to check in with a brief deep thought, a random pondering, or a spiritual takeaway for the week.
So let's talk attachments.
We fitness junkies, exercise enthusiasts, biohackers and healthy living zealots tend to be pretty attached, don't we?
Attached to our perfectly comprised meals, pantry and kitchen. God forbid we swing open the refrigerator door and not have enough stevia for our smoothie.
Attached to our daily exercise session, so much that we can feel guilty, unhappy or even mildly depressed if we must take a walk in the sunshine because of a tweaked shoulder that makes us miss the gym.
Attached to the wearable that magically tells us whether we are rested and ready for the day or whether we had a bad night of sleep, no matter how we actually feel. Data doesn't lie, right?
Yep, we're the ones making a mad scramble in hotel room to find something to prop our feet up on for our morning poop because the Marriott doesn't have squatty potty stools, ripping sheets off the bed to make blackout curtains to remove ever sliver of light at night, and wandering around the gym looking for the vibration platform, ketone esters and blood flow restriction bands because that's what we need for a good workout.
We're the ones who go on a camping trip with fifteen extra pounds of gear: our supplements, our noise blocking headphones, our special sleeping pillow and our miniature infrared light device.
We're the ones heading out to the restaurant with our special back-up healthy sea salt and extra virgin olive oil so we can eat just like we do back home.
Yes, we are certainly and fully attached to many, many objects and pursuits.
But can you and I release those attachments?
Are all these attachments in life weighing you down, keeping you chained and distracting you from being fully satisfied with the immense beauty of simplicity? Or are you able to view them as simply pleasures, comforts and blessing from God that you've perhaps grown to become attached to?
Drugs and supplements and microdoses.
Knowledge. Podcasts. Books.
The social media feed and direct messages check-in.
Can you look at any of these and, as Anthony De Mello says in his book Awareness:
“I really do not need you to be happy. I’m only deluding myself in the belief that without you I will not be happy. But I really don’t need you for my happiness; I can be happy without you. You are not my happiness, you are not my joy.”
I challenge you this week to say that statement to anything and everything you're attached to. Verbally, aloud and enthusiastically. Memorize it if you must.
As you begin this practice, also considering the following: in the same way that it is not within your human power to resist every last temptation that this world throws at you, it is also not within your human power to fully detach from anything in life. To experience both resistance to temptation and release from attachments, you must rely upon the power that God bestows upon you.
For example, John 8:32 tells us that we shall know the truth, and the truth shall set us free. 1 Corinthians 10:13 reads, “There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it.” Finally, Jesus' prayer in Matthew 6:13 finishes with a call to “…lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil: For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever. Amen.”
Collectively, from these three anecdotes of Scripture, I can clearly identify two ways that we can be empowered to release attachments to anything in life: 1) immerse ourselves in truth, particularly by reading and hearing the absolute truth of the Bible each day; 2) pray earnestly to God each day for resistance to temptations, and in the case of attachments, pray for a way of escape from that attachment.
So in summary, Anthony Di Mello's quote should always also be accompanied with daily immersion in Scripture, along with a prayer to God that he would empower us to release whatever attachments we happen to be experiencing in our daily life.
How about you? Are you fit enough to detach? Let me know what it is you have chosen to detach from. Leave your own thoughts, feedback and questions below. Yes, I read them all.