1.15 In becoming the master of one’s own intellect, one can encounter and object of enjoyment without attachment, and be content.
This is an ideal I strive toward daily. The idea that I can enjoy something or someone without becoming attached is a foreign but freeing concept. I tend to work in extremes, so when I love something/someone my tendency is to do it fully and passionately, to the point of exhaustion or codependency. Turns out it’s challenging to find contentment when I put energy into a parasitic relationship with anything. Learning to love fully without becoming attached is the work. The way to become a master is continuous, steady effort, and the end result is freedom.
Today I will practice love without attachment. This isn’t to say I’ll love with only half my heart or with a guarded heart. Rather, I’ll practice loving with an open heart and mind, and let my sense of need and security go. I’ll give up control and pray for the gift of non-attachment.