Ricard: Attachment

Horseshoe Pass Valley

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Aversion is the negative side of attachment; we may have aversion to failure, loss, instability, or discomfort; and we usually believe that if the things toward which we feel aversion happen, we’ll surely be unhappy.
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It can’t be emphasized enough that to experience genuine happiness we first have to recognize what blocks it.
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This includes seeing our attachments, the things we believe will bring us happiness, but which actually do just the opposite.
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We will continue to pursue the conditioned strategies of behavior that we hope will bring us happiness as long as we believe they are working.
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And because they sometimes do bring us some degree of personal happiness, these behaviors can get reinforced for a long time.
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That’s how people get caught on the treadmill of their attachments and routines for a lifetime without making any effort to change.
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Paradoxically, we’re actually fortunate if life occasionally serves us a big dose of disappointment, because it forces us to question whether our attachments and strategies really serve us.
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