21-Day Happiness Challenge Day 20: Love Everything, Be Attached to Nothing
“Let love teach you that happiness will never come from possessing, from clinging or from holding on to impermanence, but only from letting go. Let go of attachment and allow yourself to become one with love. Because love is who you are. Love is what you are made of—and what you are made for.” ~ Luminita D. Saviuc, 15 Things You Should Give Up to Be Happy
Love Everything, Be Attached to Nothing Exercise: 21-DAY Happiness Challenge Day 20
Close your eyes, take three deep cleansing breaths, and imagine yourself holding a bunch of strings that are attached to the legs, wings, and necks of these fragile and beautifully colored birds. (These strings represent your attachment to the many things, people, places and experiences that are so dear to you.)
As you pull the strings tighter, wanting to make sure that you have all these beautiful birds closer to you at all time, you realize that you are in fact hurting them.
These strings – your attachments, seem to interfere with the love you have for them, taking away the purity and the beauty that love has to offer. Not only that, but they seem to take the life out of these birds, causing them to live in captivity.
The moment you realize this, you immediately cut the strings and set them free. And to your surprise, instead of flying far away from you, the birds come and sit on your shoulder.
You are in awe!
For the first time ever you realize that true love liberates. True love is free from clinging and free from bondage.
Feel your heart being flooded with gratitude, love, and wonder. And when you’re ready, take three deep cleansing breaths, and bring back the feeling of love, liberation and letting go.
You have completed the exercise for the day 🙂
You now know that learning to love isn’t about grasping on to things. It isn’t about clinging to everything and everyone. It’s about learning to let go. Learning to love is learning to let go. Learning to let go is learning to be happy.
This was 21-Day Happiness Challenge Day 20. If you enjoyed this exercise, share it with your friends, and discover more in my new book 15 Things You Should Give Up to Be Happy.