“Have a mind that is open to everything and attached to nothing.” – Tilopa
One of the many opportunities of this life is that we each get to carve out for ourselves a reality that delights us and that can fills us with the love and joy that is so native to our desires and our wellbeing. The emotional bonds that we all attach ourselves to become self-defining, they always limit us in some way. When you define something as “absolute” then you have closed the door on the opportunity to see something new there. In this way, our attachments create barriers to change and to realizing that deeper sense of fulfillment that comes to us when we experience the perfect peace of joy. However, our attachments can at times empower us to rise above our situations. But in order to continue to move along the continuum of growth and progression in our lives, we will eventually have to let go of these same attachments in order to find new meaning and new ways to evolve. Attachments form the blockages in our ability to see something new. Tilopa’s quote comes to us from over a thousand years ago, where his main objective in life was to attain the mind of the Buddha, or enlightenment. In many ways this is what we all really seek. We seek to be unfettered by the pain and suffering of life so that we can experience, in our own way, what we each believe to our highest self. A joyful being, living in the excitement of our experiences, feeling the worthiness of the infinite love that is pointed at each of us, and to recognize that all that happens to us is all part of this wonderful cosmic dance that only adds to our majesty. If we believe that we are truly infinite in nature, then any kind of permanent attachment will always limit us, and so deny us our reason for being here. We are love. We are joy. We are so very good.