Disconnected from What?

Posted on August 17, 2010


Buddhists believe that you can only reach enlightenment through detachment of all things.  However, detachment does not mean indifference.  Detachment in Buddhism is associated with a determination to be free.  The “Four Noble Truths” of Buddhism are as follows:

  1. Life as we know it ultimately is or leads to suffering/uneasiness in one way or another.
  2. Suffering is caused by craving. This is often expressed as a deluded clinging to a certain sense of existence, to self-hood, or to the things or phenomena that we consider the cause of happiness or unhappiness. Craving also has its negative aspect, i.e. one craves that a certain state of affairs not exist.
  3. Suffering ends when craving ends. This is achieved by eliminating delusion, thereby reaching a liberated state of Enlightenment;
  4. Reaching this liberated state is achieved by following the path laid out by the Buddha.

I am not a Buddhist (I don’t know enough about it to be), but I have learned a lot from the teachings of the Buddha.  My entire life I have followed a course created by my parents, peers, religion, invisible social expectations, the military, and even the women in my life.  I feel that I have accomplished all that is expected of me and I now want to be free of it all.    So…  free from what, specifically?  Oh, so many things!  I must clarify that I am not trying to disappear from the world.  If anything, I am trying to be a more productive member of my planet.  I want to be a nutrient in our ecosystem and not a gear in society’s over-consuming machinery.  No, I am not a hippie.  I just see that there are  many negative influences around all of us and it worries me.  I see all these things as a smog cloud floating over actual reality and nickname it “the matrix”.  Yes, I stole that from the movie.  Get over it.

This entire process is new to me and as time passes I will improve on my plan and adjust my path accordingly.  For now, these are a few things that I am trying to disconnect from or dedicate less time to (it’s a process!):


-Social Networking

-Internet (Non-productive use of it)


-Gossip (in any medium)

-Negative Conversations

-Fast Food


-The Club Scene

-Advertising Influence

-Cultural Expectations (I am Hispanic)

-Material Possessions

-My Past

-My Expectations of the Future

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