by Pompe Strater-Vidal
Founder of Relax Breathe Flow
This week I want to answer a great question I got a few weeks ago! It’s from a teacher who wants to know more about explaining the difference between detachment and non-attachment.
As I said before, detachment is a neurotic defense of the ego. Non-attachment is a Buddhist virtue.
Non-attachment is a quality of the expanded consciousness and awareness of our True nature.
Our ego identity however is based in duality and a separate sense of self.
Detachment is seen as a defense of our personality against painful emotions. Instead of feeling angry, sad, hurt or scared, we cut ourselves off from our feelings and live in our heads instead.
It’s a dry existence devoid of real connection. That’s because cutting ourselves off from our emotions also cuts us off from our hearts.
Non-attachment is also referred to as non-grasping and non-clinging. That’s because our True nature lives in the present moment. Aware and compassionate, with an open heart and an open mind, letting go of the past with ease and grace.
It’s a quality of Buddha Mind 🙂
All the best,