What is Attachment Versus Connection?

Understanding the pitfalls of attachment is a challenge — but will help you better relate to change.

  1. a feeling that binds one to a person, thing, cause, ideal, or the like; devotion; regard: a fond attachment to his cousin; a profound attachment to the cause of peace.
  • an enduring emotional bond that develops between one adult and another in an intimate relationship: romantic attachment.

How does attachment become problematic?

My first exposure to this came in the form of Yoda in The Empire Strikes Back. As he instructed Luke in the ways of the Force, he explained that Luke’s attachment to his friends denied him the freedom to truly embrace the Force training he had sought in the first place.

Attachment is a distraction

Whether it is a person, place, or thing — material or immaterial — attachment distracts you.

Things you might attach to

I have a favorite coffee mug. It came from a restaurant I love in Sedona, AZ. It’s a deep, deep blue, and it’s rather square and unique.

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The author and his aforementioned favorite mug.

Bonds and connection without attachment

Bonding and connecting with people and things are not bad. We need connection because we are social creatures — and we form connections to things because we have likes and dislikes.

Attachment is too much feeling

Finally, when it comes to conscious reality creation and mindfulness, you need a balance of thought, feeling, and action. Attachment is an overabundance of feeling. The strength of your attachment can lessen how conscious you are of not just the world around you, but more concerning of yourself.

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I am a practitioner of mindfulness, positivity, philosophy, & conscious reality creation. I love to inspire, open minds, & entertain. http://www.mjblehart.com

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