Lazy Yogi, recently I feel as if I have been detached from my emotions. I am no longer laughing or crying as much. I am currently happy with my life and don't believe that I am slipping into depression. I attempt to go to yoga once a week and use mantras and meditation when ever I can. I feel like I am being blocked spiritually. I can no longer open my heart and soul to the world. I feel like I am stuck in a box. What do you suggest I do? from riversfromroads
We are all detached from our emotions. That is evident by the way emotions come and go. This is why we suffer when we become attached to certain emotions and avoid others. The emotions will come and will go, regardless of our preferences.
Therefore to be detached from emotion simply means to allow them to be as they are. It’s getting with the program, so to speak.
Do your emotions give you any thought? Does anger or sadness or fear say “oh this is a bad time, I’ll come back later”? Does happiness or love or joy say “you’re having so much fun with me! I’ll just stay forever”? Nope. Your emotions just do their thing.
They are detached from you and you are detached from them. That is the reality of detachment.
Others with no experiential understanding of detachment can only approach it through the mind. And, when they think of detachment, they think of another emotion. Usually it is cold, aloof, uncaring, closed off, and removed from the human condition.
The truth is quite the opposite. So long as you are attached to your emotions, you cannot be fully human. You will be too fixated on your preferences regarding those emotions rather than the full scope of aliveness, including and transcending those transient feelings.
There is no ‘my life’ with which to be happy. The objective idea of ‘my life’ is nothing but an arrangement of circumstances. Some people judge those arrangements as good, others as bad, and then say they are happy or discontent with life. All the while, they are entirely forgetting the aliveness in what we really mean by ‘life’.
Everything is equally alive—no one thing is more alive than another.
There is no world beyond the heart. Open the heart and the world opens.
Only with detachment can the heart open. The detachment isn’t from the emotions or the heart but rather the preferences we have. Letting go of your preferences, you find yourself already dwelling in the temple of the endless moment.
Laughter and tears are both expressions of the same thing, yet that thing itself is inexpressible. It lives within and as the heart itself; it is you.
Focus less on the external appearances. Focus less on the idea of the world, the idea of your life, the idea of emotions. Go within to remember yourself as the living reality that we call the Heart.
Practice sitting meditation daily, as well a continuous mindfulness. This will help to make your aliveness more obvious to you. I would also recommend the book The Power of Now by Eckhart Tolle.
Namaste :) Much love
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