In yoga philosophy, we find the teaching of ‘Aparigraha’ (non-attachment). It is sometimes translated as non-possessiveness and non-greed. Anyway, we should release our attachments to things and people.

That being said, it is not good to stop thinking and it is difficult to distinguish between ego and commitment. Somewhat, for example, with regard to myself, blogging is one-sided information dissemination, which could be described as an excessive attachment to things that I experience.

Shifting to psychology, it is believed that the way we think about things is based on the environment in which we have been brought up. The perspective we got from our background is apparently the attachment. It also seems to be related to cognitive distortions in psychology. The tendencies are classified into about 10 categories, including ‘should statements’ and ‘positive discounting’. Specifically, the ‘should statements’ means that people think in terms of ‘should’ and ‘ought’. Also, the implication of ‘discounting the positive’ is that people extract only the negative aspects of things and pretend that even if something good is happening, it never happened. As I firmly believe in ‘Que sera sera’, I seldom use the word ‘should’. However, when I do not agree with something, I tend to complain and be sarcastic. As for me, I think I am just offering improvements in a positive way, though.

We are told to give up our ego and entrust ourselves to what has been given to us, but it is not easy to release ourselves from perspectives rooted in our own upbringing. I wonder if what I can put into practice now is understanding my own perspective. In easy ways, it seems that not being attached means not trying to grab more than needed.

Exactly right now, I am attached to the proposition of not being attached. Great, just great. Where to begin? Haha!

Thanks for the following articles and videos, which inspired me to write this article.