A Western Buddhist's Travels

Sightseeing & detours on the path of enlightenment

Letting go of attachments of a physical nature while retaining memories

Getting ready to move, so I’m using it as a way of de-cluttering my life. Some of the clothes, I don’t need are going to an agency that passes it along to those who need the. Some of the household items I have offered to neighbours and friends, what ever is left before moving will be donated to an agency as well. After the move, I intend to watch what I accumulate. Both for living a simple life, as well as environmental reasons. This is going to be easier to learn as this is a short term move, with a return to Vancouver or onwards to another city.

The attachments I will carry, whether till my return or for the rest of my life, are the memories of life lived with friends. The sharing of laughter, learning together, working on projects together. Some of my best memories are of times shared over a coffee or tea, where we let the walls down. We discussed what we felt, were concerned about, in a non-judgemental, caring moment. Sometimes gently nudging each other, often by using examples of our own pasts, when we encountered similar situations.

One new memory was made yesterday, when a few of us from our meditation class, rolled up our sleeves, and cleaned the signs at the entrance to the temple. The signs had developed a patina of mud, and on a few were starting to be hard to read. Several of us all grabbed a couple of buckets, and clothes and washed and wiped. Total time was maybe 15 or 20 minutes, however now the signs that welcome visitors to come into the grounds are now clearly visible.

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2 thoughts on “Letting go of attachments of a physical nature while retaining memories

  1. I raise my glass of ice tea and salute your simpler and cleaner life!

    • Thank you for your kind words. I use my blog to show that we all have trials, detours and wrong turns on our path. If I can help even one person understand perfection is not required, until you reach the end of your journey, then the blog will have exceeded my goal. It is a roadmap of my path, and definitely like a walk in the forest, it’s not a straight line from one point to the next.

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