Non-attachment, detachment. It’s often seen as a Buddhist concept, but it appears, worded differently, in Christianity and probably most other spiritual traditions. It means many things. Generally, however, it boils down to divesting ourselves of attachment to anything outside ourselves as a source of happiness. And then divesting ourselves of our attachment to happiness itself.
I recently picked up a book on relationships and read the inside cover. The author’s take on successful relationships was that we should face the fact that we’re emotionally dependent on each other. Steeped as I am in the ‘wisdom’ of detachment, I found this bald statement a little startling. Read more