In so many of the spiritual texts that ive read over the years, a continual and perpetual idea has persisted. The idea of detachment. The idea of being able to give up everything that is physical and material to be able to achieve a certain level of enlightenment. To not have a need or desire for anything that is on this physical plane to bring us joy. And once you’re able to achieve this certain level of detachment, or lose the need for anything material, then you’re set. Its like a fucking one way ticket to a perfectly curated and beaded pillow next to the Buddha himself out in the ether. But guess what? A) that’s not really how it works and B) we're here in a very physical realm and the idea of being completely detached from anything physical to create a certain level of spiritual understanding or spiritual "enlightenment" is the exact reason why we live paycheck to paycheck and why we will never be able to have everything that we really want.
The concept of detachment is nice and all: to not rely on and need anything outside of ourselves to achieve a true sense of joy, one-ness, enlightement, you know-the good shit. The shit that really does matter. But we are all human bodies having very physical and human experiences. This plane is completely rooted and created in the physical realm and if we were born into this plane then we have the right and deserve to have everything that we truly desire on the physical plane. I view detachment as not needing things to feel whole and the things not completing or ruling my life.
An example of this, to me, is say you want a really nice couch. say that when you come home after a long day you truly enjoy the act of sitting on a soft, comfy, squishy, deluxe, and awesome couch. You work and make good money to be able to afford this luxurious couch. Because you want it and you deserve it. It’s truly that simple. So, you get it home and have it for two days and it somehow becomes completely and utterly destroyed. The dog gets water booty all over it, some neighborhood kid breaks into your house and stomps mud into it, and somehow it catches fire. All completely non-sense in a true scenario but you get what I”m saying. Detachment is laughing and hauling this now garbage ass couch to the dumpster and saying well that was fucking hilarious.
Detachment doesn't come from the not wanting; detachment comes from being whole without having.
There is nothing wrong with wanting a nice, and luxurious couch to place your sweet ass onto after a long day. There is nothing wrong with feeling worthy of a piece of furniture that brings you joy. It doesn’t make you less conscious, less aware, less spiritual [insert buzzword here]. If you are here on this physical plane then you are meant, and have been given the opportunity, to have and enjoy what is possible on this physical plane. This could look so many different ways for so many different people; what matters is what it looks like to you. Maybe a luxury car is something you care about and desire but you could wear sweatpants every day and not care. maybe all you really want is organic food in the fridge but you drive a beater Honda to the farmer's market. You can have whatever you want and it doesn't need to look, sound, smell, taste, or feel any other way than what is truly authentic to you.
Luxury and abundance are your birthright.
If you are here then you are meant to have everything it is that you truly and authentically want and desire. Sure, you’re also here to figure out some hard shit but you can still sit on a luxurious plush ass couch while you journal about it. Speaking of! There’s some dowloadable journal prompts just for you below! I think as thinking and conscious humans on this spiritual path there is some unpacking to do when it comes to luxury, abundance, and desires for physical things. So let’s unpack this shit!