Shedding desire preventing loss!

  
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It is an extremely simple concept: Without desire, loss does not exist (95% of time).
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Real loss, a death close to us, exists. We are speaking of our desires (approval, status, power, possessions) creating loss, here.
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If I do not need that car, that jacket, that career, or that accomplishment, not attaining that car does not bring loss.
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It also does not have the hours of dissociative ruminating, the constant feeling of loss, of damage to our being.
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How many days or years do we grieve a lost relationship, lost job, lost championship, etc.
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As a male, my ego is attached to what I do, so being fired from a job would bring enormous personal loss, devaluing my self worth .
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If I am my career, then loss of that career is loss of me in a big way.
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Knowing all this, I still tell people I was a professional baseball player, all the while, knowing I am closer to needing a cane than competing at any level.
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My Ego still identifies with what I am most proud, I guess.
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What do you hold onto, like it was valuable, gold?
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