The one thing all people have in common is that we all want to feel happy; and at the same time, we want to avoid hurting. And this way, almost deterministically, we constantly put ourselves in situations that bring us pain.
Why is this happening ?
This is happening because we don’t live each day as an entirely new day, full of new experiences and emotions. We don’t live, in other words, in the moment consciously (with mindfulness). Instead, we attach our happiness to things, people and circumstances and we cling to them as if our lives depend on them. We fear of losing them every time something seems to be going wrong. And in case something does change, in our professional or personal life, we break down into pieces.
The irony in this and the thing that you need to observe consistently in order to acknowledge it, is that we adhere to feelings as if they define us and strangely enough, not only positive feelings. If you have let yourself sink into regret or disappointment for years, it may feel safe and even comforting to suffer. Especially, if these feelings were formed in childhood.
In our attempt to keep the things we know and feel comfortable with, we restrict our chances to feel joy in the present. Therefore, letting go is so essential – actually, letting go means letting happiness in.
I am fully aware of the fact that unless you have participated in one of Serendipity Institute’s retreats, all these may seem totally understandable and vital but hard to put them in action. This is the reason why it is very important, apart from reading these lines or listening to speeches, to participate in experiential meditation retreats and receive the kind of help many people have already gotten till today. This is your only true chance “to be reborn”.
You need to learn techniques which you will practice daily in order to reach your goal. Letting go of attachment is not an easy task and most certainly not a one-time decision. In order to experience happiness, you have to make a decision and renew this decision every single day. Big changes in life are not easy to achieve…
Choose to participate in the Active Mindfulness Retreat, giving yourself the opportunity to live an active experience which will help you perceive experientially the change of attitude you need or it will help you renew and strengthen the decision you have already made!
Below you can read about our fundamental attachments and the change in attitude needed in order to confront them. You will have the chance to explore this new attitude experientially and enhance it by participating in any of our retreats included in our summer program.
Experiencing Without Attachment
Experience, enjoy the moment, appreciate and let go to welcome another experience.
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