To practice non-attachment means you put your trust in the timing of your life. Our vision for our lives goes one way and the actual outcome goes another – sometimes meeting up in the same place, but taking a different route than we anticipated or planned for. When we practice non-attachment, we are at peace with this process.
Our cause for suffering is oftentimes created by our attachment to the thoughts, ideas, and moments outside of our control.
Here are 6 quotes by Thich Nhat Hanh to inspire your practice of non-attachment and allow to free yourself from thought processes that are holding you back.
- “For things to reveal themselves to us, we need to be ready to abandon our views about them.”
- “Letting go gives us freedom, and freedom is the only condition for happiness. If, in our heart, we still cling to anything – anger, anxiety, or possessions – we cannot be free.”
- “People have a hard time letting go of their suffering out of a fear of the unknown, they prefer suffering that is familiar.”
- “Let go of the past. Let go of the future. Let go of the present. Proceed to the opposite shore with a free mind, leaving behind all conditioned things.”
- “It is not impermanence that makes us suffer. What makes us suffer is wanting things to be permanent when they are not.”
- “The seed of suffering in you may be strong, but don’t wait until you have no more suffering before allowing yourself to be happy.”