Freedom from the Yoke of Attachment
Attachment is blinding; it lends an imaginary halo of attractiveness to the object of desire.
Our challenge is to use mental discipline and wise habits to escape attachment to the allure of objects and to the outcome of events. When we notice we are attracted to a material object, we can ask if acquiring it will satisfy ego or serve a higher good. The steady practice of meditation and attention to the results of actions in our own life can lead us to mastery of non-attachment. Not to be confused with lack of concern, this practice helps us separate our intentions from the outcome of our actions. If we carry out a task to the best of our ability and the results are as expected we easily see the benefit. If the results are not what we intended, life has presented us with an opportunity to learn. Over time we come to realize that we are not in control of outcomes but that our pure intentions are often rewarded. This practice leads to freedom from attachment.