Day 111: Today is about the path of nonattachment. (Again!) A busy day with money. It’s expensive to have a big family… to own things… to get sick… so don’t! Hours on the phone calling people and fixing things. I hate this kind of stuff. “I don’t want to do it,” says my inner child. Everyone wants to get their hands on your money and some big checks went out for essentials. It’s not done yet. The tornado is next. Then Oz. But, If you have nothing, nothing can be taken, or if you become it – the concept of give and take is irrelevant. It’s like my friend Greg told me when I was concerned that I was being put in a box; he said, “Be the box.” Very Zen. This is the continuation of the ‘the big release’; allowing, being – another drop in the Universe. There’s no mine or yours – only ours.
“[A]ccording to the Buddhist point of view, nonattachment is exactly the opposite of separation. You need two things in order to have attachment: the thing you’re attaching to, and the person who’s attaching. In nonattachment, on the other hand, there’s unity. There’s unity because there’s nothing to attach to. If you have unified with the whole universe, there’s nothing outside of you, so the notion of attachment becomes absurd. Who will attach to what?”
– John Diado Loori
Upadhi dukkhassa mūlanti, which means “Attachment is the root of suffering.”
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