Advertisement

Mindfulness Matters

Mindfulness Matters

Renunciation: The Key to Liberation in 2012 and Any Other Year

In our culture of must have, right now, or else I’m gonna freak out, renunciation is a dirty word. Renunciation means giving up something and to give up something means that I have less; and if I have less then somehow I am less than.

How did we get to this formulation? What if instead of giving up material things, status, and pleasure renunciation meant giving up suffering? Now it is sounding more appealing.

I’ll make a bold statement: All dissatisfaction, anguish, and suffering stems from a failure to renounce attachment to mistaken views and the behaviors compelled by them.

Advertisement

If I think that somehow I am entitled to everything going my way, I am mistaken. If I think somehow that the pleasures I have now will last, I am mistaken. If think that somehow there is some “me” out there in the world that experiences these things without being affected by these things, I am mistaken. It’s all just the process of now and if I try to control it, I’m sunk. If I think that I “own” it, I am sunk.

The alternative is to kiss things as they go by, affectionate, respectful, and cognizant of the passing. This is renunciation. A letting go of futile effort. An allowing to be of this moment as it is without any conditions.

To renounce is to be fluid. To renounce is to be open. To renounce is to be connected. Renunciation is the bridge to this next moment. Life in three dimensions, and perhaps more. By giving up you gain a greater perspective; renouncing encumbrances to happiness right here, right now.

So think about what you’d like to give up in this New Year. Think about how you’d like to be. And, by the way, Happy New Year!

Previous Posts

Accessibility and the Precious
I had an interesting dream image last night. I was observing a fantastic display of the aurora borealis--Northern lights (or it might have ...

posted 9:14:31am Jan. 31, 2016 | read full post »

2016 Well Underway: Resolutions, Intentions, and Projects
We are well into 2016 and I've been taking something of a hiatus from social media and this blog. I've been reflecting a lot on my life and resolutions, intentions, and projects for 2016 and beyond. I'm not a big fan of resolutions. Like ...

posted 2:33:29pm Jan. 24, 2016 | read full post »

2015: The Year in Review
Greetings everyone! It's been a busy 2015 and I'd like to share with you some of the highlights and give you links to the some of the contents I produced over this year. There is lot's more to come in 2016 and I appreciate everyone's support. I ...

posted 7:53:24am Dec. 21, 2015 | read full post »

Bodhi Day 2015
In honor of Bodhi Day, I wrote a reflection on the Seven Factors of Awakening, which are based on the Four Foundations of Mindfulness. You can read about these on the main Beliefnet site. I hope this contemplation on awakening helps to move you ...

posted 9:41:04am Dec. 09, 2015 | read full post »

Thanksgiving 2015
If you've read my posts about Thanksgiving before, you know my basic premise is that we should be thankful everyday, not just this day. In fact, we could be thankful in every moment we are alive. Each moment that we are not, we are missing an ...

posted 9:01:46am Nov. 26, 2015 | read full post »

Advertisement


Report as Inappropriate

You are reporting this content because it violates the Terms of Service.

All reported content is logged for investigation.