I continue to learn from Learning to Breathe by Alison Wright.
She asks, “What’s the difference between detachment and unattachment?”
The answer is this:
Unattachment is holding a pen downward in a clenched hand and when we let it go, it falls to the floor with a crash.
Letting go is when we allow the pen to rest in the open palm of our hand.
Open, not grasping, open to receive.
That brings me to John Muir.
The sun shines not on us but in us. The rivers flow not past, but through us. Thrilling, tingling, vibrating every fiber and cell of the substance of our bodies, making them glide and sing. The trees wave and the flowers bloom in our bodies as well as our souls, and every bird song, wind song, and tremendous storm song of the rocks in the heart of the mountains is our song, our very own, and sings our love.