Saturday, November 13, 2010

The cause of unhappiness

This sums up the matter incredibly succinctly:

If you look carefully you will see that there is one thing and only one thing that causes unhappiness. The name of that thing is Attachment. What is an attachment? An emotional state of clinging caused by the belief that without some particular thing or some person you cannot be happy.... Here is a mistake that most people make in their relationships with others. They try to build a steady nesting place in the ever-moving stream of life.

-- Anthony de Mello

2 comments:

  1. Amen to that....beautiful, true words describing an incredibly difficult action.
    Andie

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  2. To be fair birds build a steady nesting place in the ever-moving stream of life, but they do build it knowing it will not last.

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