October 20, 2004

We often get carried away or overwhelmed by our emotions.
We call this a state of being emotional or sometimes even
irrational. In practice, we mean that we were in a condition
where we were vulnerable to act in a way in which we might
not normally act (i.e., we regret our behavior later on). In
other words, we are stating that we lost control of ourselves;
we were not “we” in the ordinary sense.

Detachment is a state of being where one observes every-
thing from a distance. This means that one is not getting car-
ried away or being emotionally more or less out of control
(i.e., getting angry and so on). Detachment does not mean
that we are passive or not involved in the moment—totally
the opposite. It means that we are capable of being observant
and active in every moment and, therefore, a more precise
perception and behavior in life is possible.

Detachment is not dependent on the situation. It does not
matter whether we are experiencing joyful and happy
moments or sad and unpleasant surprises. Keeping a small
distance from all matters enables us to have broader under-
standing of the issues and circumstances. Our personal ego
and interests cannot block our way. Actually one learns to
identify those, and in time gets rid of any personal selfish
motives. No more big mood swings to the negative or posi-
tive—we can purely experience life as it comes without our
expectations getting in our way. A fresh way of living.