Happy Monday, Mindful Ones!
For me, 2019 has been about leveling up many aspects of my life. My practice. My teaching. My wellness and self-care routines. Reading and writing more. Expanding my knowledge base and deepening my current interests.
With the weather getting warmer and the days getting longer, I am coming to terms with the impending arrival of my biggest level up opportunity, hands down. Leveling up my non-attachment game.
As I write this post, my son is in Providence, Rhode Island on his first of four college visits. He chose to go without his dad or me. Let that one sink in for a few minutes.
I am fully prepared for the next two months to swiftly fly by as he visits three more schools and prepares for high school graduation. And he actually turns 18 on the day he graduates. I’ll let that one sit there for a few moments also.
These days I constantly bring my awareness back to the present moment. Right here. Right now.
And I remind myself that I’ve been preparing for this inevitable moment since before my son was even born. Each milestone that we celebrate in his life is another teeny, tiny act of learning to letting go.
To be a good parent means to prepare your child to leave the nest and fly away and thrive. Everything that we have taught him and tried to nurture within him was always going to be so that he will eventually leave us.
I have been meditating on the Buddha’s teachings on non-attachment. You can only lose what you cling to.
And then I focus so much on what a magical and exhilarating time it is for him. And that it might also be overwhelming.
My role as a parent will never end. But my relationship with my son will level up. Transitioning from parent to mentor and perhaps even friend!
What are some things you’re currently struggling with in terms of non-attachment and clinging?
Each moment of each day, Life tries to teach us. And we can only move in two directions: toward or away from growth.
Let’s always choose growth. And love. Let’s always choose love.
Have a great week, friends.