Non-attachment and Finding Joy



“Pain, according to Italian psychoanalyst Roberto Assagioli, forces us to go inward and detach from the illusions of the external world. We have no choice but to look inward for guidance and inner light and eventually become truer to ourselves. Attachment to earthly things and situations can actually keep us from fully enjoying the people and possessions in our present lives. Assagioli made a distinction between enjoyment and attachment. He believed that enjoyment was gratuitous and pure. Attachment is greedy and expectant. ” Attachment is past or future centered. It is about wanting something we had before that we don’t have now, or worrying that we will not have it again”, according to Assagioli

Enjoying your life is about reaping pleasure from the present moment. Assagioli believed that there are endless possibilities for this, but they depend on letting go of attachment. Nonattachment takes practice. Many of us get our security from holding on. When we truly accept the transient nature of life, we will come to celebrate any given moment. We begin to realize that joy is not just a thing of the past”

————expert from Lemons into Limoncello: From Loss to Personal Renaissance with the Zest of Italy (HCI Books)


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