This is a paraphrase of a famous line from the movie “The Treasure of the Sierra Madre.” Yesterday we looked at how we create and accumulate mental baggage. Today we will look at how to recognize and accept that same baggage.
Baggage equals attachments
Yesterday we showed how mental baggage comes from our attachments. We learn to let go of our mental baggage in the same way learn to let go of our attachments.
In some earlier posts we wrote extensively about how to release attachments. Today we will summarize the techniques we talked about earlier. I strongly recommend that you look at the archives from August 2008 to learn more about attachments and how to get rid of them.
Accepting the attachment
I can sit here all day and tell you that you have an attachment and that it is causing you pain. However, until you realize that you are in pain and that pain is coming from an attachment you will not do anything about the attachment.
Therefore, the first step in letting go of our baggage is to see that we are in pain. This can be a difficult step for many of us. Many of us are too embarrassed or too proud to admit that we are in pain. This would mean that there is something “wrong” with our life.
Accepting the pain
Unfortunately the pain eventually becomes so great that we can no longer act as if there is nothing wrong. We can no longer deny the pain because it keeps smacking us in the face. The pain is so great that we say to ourselves that there must be a better way.
When we have reached the point that we admit that we are pain the next step is to accept that the pain comes from an attachment. That seems so simple. For many of us it is a very difficult step.
Accepting that the pain comes from an attachment means that we have to look at ourselves. That means we have to take responsibility for the pain. It also means that we can no longer blame someone or something else for our pain.
Many of us find that hard to do – we want all of our problems to be caused by external situations. That means that we do not have to look at ourselves for the answer. Unfortunately, this state of denial only continues the pain.
By rolling up our sleeves and getting to work on our pain and attachments we learn that the answers are entirely in ourselves. We see that we have chosen to be attached to ideas, people, and objects. No one “made” us form these attachments. We formed these attachments because we had not yet learned a better way. Now we are learning a better way. Now we can learn to let go of our existing attachments and hopefully keep from forming any new ones.
Tomorrow we will look at how to release those attachments. Really – we don’t need no stinkin’ baggage. Tomorrow we will see how to let it go.
Until tomorrow –
Es kava turen hai
We work towards an identical goal.
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