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Cory Muscara



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Hi, welcome back to

your Daily Mindfulness.

In today's session, we're

going to talk about detachment.

Detachment is one of those words that

you often hear in meditation spaces.

And it can very easily be misconstrued.

A lot of people hear detachment

and they immediately think passive

resignation or disconnecting from

life or not caring how things unfold.

And it just feels so far outside

the reality of one, what would be

possible, but two, the way they

would want to live their life.

Because we're humans and we have

things that we love and people that

we love and to be detached from that.

Oh, it just feels like

there'd be a numbness.

What would be in its place?

Why would we even want that?

It even feels like I wouldn't

care about anything and I don't

want to not care about anything.

So this is, these are some of the myths

around attachment, this feeling like we're

just going to disconnect from everything.

But there's a difference

between detachment from process

versus detachment from outcome.

And what we're talking about

with detachment is more

detachment from outcome.

Detachment from outcome

comes from a place of wisdom.

It comes from the understanding that

we don't know what our actions will

turn into, what they will lead to.

In many ways, it's not our business.

All we can do is show up fully, with

presence, with care, with clarity,

and do our best in each moment.

And yeah, try to impact the moment in best

we can, maybe for the potential for some

future outcome that we may be desiring.

But there's this deep understanding

that the only thing we can influence and

control is the input into this moment.

That is different from detachment,

from process, which is more related

to apathy, thinking that our actions

that were thoughts don't mean anything.

Which isn't true, because they do have

an impact on our lived experience.

They have an impact on the world, around

us, our environment, our global community,

and our most intimate relationships.

So when you hear detachment in the

meditation world and the mindfulness

world, keep this nuance in mind.

We're talking about detachment from

outcome, not detachment from process.

One comes from a place of wisdom.

The other comes from a place of apathy.

Thank you for your practice.

Let's settle in for today's meditation.

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