I'm not my body, I'm not my feelings.
Sure it's a funny tale on silly things like food or study. What got me thinking was how much of non-attachment should we carry in our modern day life? Does that mean forgoing our values? Values like truthfulness, integrity and compassion are on the top of my list. I like to hold on to them because they drive me to the person I want to become. Without these values, it's like a boat rudderless in the vast deep sea. Is that a form of attachment?
The Dalai Lamai once said, “Attachment is the origin, the root, of suffering; hence, it is the cause of suffering.” To the Buddhists, accepting that all life form is impermanence will liberate us to the path towards Enlightenment. Wait, does that mean I should stop trying for a better job or find a more loving partner because the job and the man will soon pass? Before I dig the hole deeper and convince you quit your job and spend your life savings away- the answer is no.
Non-attachment is not the same as indifference. I'd like to think of non-attachment as doing a service or task with the full intention of satisfaction but remain unconcerned with the final outcome. Whereas indifference is not care for anything at all. For the most part, non-attachment is practiced on the outcome of our actions. Let go of all our expectations and make our work a selfless work (Teachings from the Bhagavad Gita). That is the true practice of non-attachment.
Like all philosophies, we can never take one aspect and mistaken it as the whole. Non-attachment is a teaching in addition to a list of other important concepts. In Yoga philosophy, there is the Ashtanga 8 Limbs System; in Buddhism the Noble Eightfold path and in Christianity the 10 commandments. Never would one aspect takes over the whole.
To me, the highest form of yoga practice is to love unconditionally, to give wholeheartedly and to live compassionately. That's pretty hard and that is why it's a practice.
Nonresistance, non-judgement and non-attachment are the three aspects to true freedom and enlightened living.- Eckhart Tolle