Kintsugi living blog — peace

Detachment: Living with open hands

Posted by Kenetha Stanton on

Detachment: Living with open hands

A bird in the hand is worth ... by laughingbird, on Flickr. Used via Creative Commons licensing. I first encountered the idea of detachment in reading Buddhist thought many years ago. I remember feeling rather put off by the whole idea. My concept of detachment at the time involved a total lack of emotion, of caring, or involvement with anyone or anything. It sounded to me like a bland and empty way to live, and I couldn't imagine how that could be beneficial to anyone. I could see how it might erase the pain, but it seemed to me that...

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Declaring a truce with myself

Posted by Kenetha Stanton on

Declaring a truce with myself

Fighting Topis by Stuart Barr, on Flickr. Used via Creative Commons licensing. I have certain personality traits that make me a difficult person. These are things that people have been complaining about from my earliest memories, so it's not that I am unaware of them, and I even recognize how they make me difficult for other people to deal with. I've been actively fighting these particular traits and trying to change them for most of my life. That inner battle against these parts of myself has intensified through the years, but it's not making much difference. In fact, the harder...

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