Tuesday, November 17, 2009

100 Plus Attachments . . . In Just One Day

Inspired by my latest post on clinging, I was curious to find how many attachments would arise in just one day. Here is the list, one hundred and more of them, so far, from the trivial, to the monumental:
  1. 85% dark chocolate
  2. achievements
  3. beauty
  4. bed
  5. bicycle
  6. birds
  7. bliss
  8. blogging
  9. body
  10. books
  11. brother
  12. car
  13. cell phone
  14. challenges
  15. children
  16. clean air
  17. cleanliness
  18. comb
  19. comfort
  20. computer
  21. convenience
  22. coolness
  23. creativity
  24. Dharma
  25. doing
  26. dreams
  27. dried mangoes
  28. dryer
  29. eating
  30. electricity
  31. fashion
  32. feeling good
  33. fitness
  34. Free People clothes
  35. free time
  36. freedom
  37. friends
  38. health
  39. healthy food
  40. home
  41. Huffington Post
  42. husband
  43. identity
  44. incense
  45. independence
  46. intellect
  47. intelligence
  48. joy
  49. 'just right'
  50. life
  51. Loehman's
  52. looking good
  53. love
  54. making collages
  55. meditation
  56. mindfulness
  57. moisturizer
  58. money
  59. mother
  60. my office
  61. nature
  62. no pain
  63. Nordstrom Rack
  64. NY Times
  65. organic fruit
  66. peace
  67. pen and paper
  68. pleasure
  69. private space
  70. quiet
  71. recognition
  72. respect
  73. routine
  74. running water
  75. safety
  76. salads
  77. security
  78. sex
  79. shampoo
  80. shoes
  81. sitting
  82. sleep
  83. sparkling water
  84. spirituality
  85. success
  86. swim goggles
  87. swimming
  88. swimsuit
  89. tea
  90. teacher
  91. thinking
  92. to-do lists
  93. toilet
  94. toilet paper
  95. toothbrush
  96. toothpaste
  97. trees
  98. Twitter
  99. walking
  100. warm shower
  101. warmth
  102. wash machine
  103. Whole Foods
  104. wisdom
  105. work
  106. . . .

Obviously, the goal is not to get rid of all these attachments - although for some, it may not be a bad thing. Rather, it's about being aware of each one as it arises, and having a different relationship to it, made of appreciation, gratitude, and ease. No clinging. Not being like monkey in this Hindu story - as retold by Jack Kornfield in his book, 'Soul Food':
In India hunters had a proven way of catching monkeys. A half coconut would be hollowed out and a hole made that was only large enough to let a monkey's open hand pass through. The coconut was then pinned to the ground and tempting food placed beneath. A monkey would approach, intent on getting hold of the food beneath the coconut, but alas as soon as it grasped the food in its fist it found itself unable to pull its hand and the food free of the coconut. Imprisoned it would stay, caught by its own unwillingness to open its fist.
Now, I want to know what is your list? :)

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