Recently I came across this great blog post called 15 Things You Should Give Up to Be Happy. Normally I have an instant-recoil reaction to anything telling me what I “should” do, but there is some sound advice in this one.
The most “yogic” of all the pieces of advice is probably to give up attachment. Non-attachment is very linked with a lot of yoga philosophies. I like this writer’s description of non-attachment, as it’s so often misunderstood as a lack of caring. Here is the description of this step:
Give up attachment. This is a concept that, for most of us is so hard to grasp and I have to tell you that it was for me too, (it still is) but it’s not something impossible. You get better and better at with time and practice. The moment you detach yourself from all things, (and that doesn’t mean you give up your love for them – because love and attachment have nothing to do with one another, attachment comes from a place of fear, while love… well, real love is pure, kind, and self less, where there is love there can’t be fear, and because of that, attachment and love cannot coexist) you become so peaceful, so tolerant, so kind, and so serene. You will get to a place where you will be able to understand all things without even trying. A state beyond words.
Truly worth a read. What are you holding on to that gets in the way of happiness?