We live in a world with an abundance of treats and toys and friends. They are there for us to enjoy, but never in place of the one who gives these gives. The jewel of Aparigraha invites us to enjoy life to the fullest and yet always be able to drop everything and run into the waiting arms of the Divine. If we prefer to play with our toys, we have missed the point.
Aparigraha, or "non-possessiveness, can also be interpreted as non-attachment, non-greed, non-clinigng, non-grasping, and non coveting; we can simply think of it as being able to 'let go.'
For those of us who choose to stay immersed in the world, loving and living fully without becoming attached is not an easy thing. When we experience the completeness of being loved, the satisfaction of a superb meal, the acknowledgment of work well done, we can easily want to hold on to these moments and never let them go.
It is easy to want the same satisfaction and begin to demand the same fulfillment from these things again and again.
But it is the nature of things to change and by failing to let them change or move on, the begin to disappoint us and our attempts to hold on begin to make us stale and discontent, What we try to possess, possesses us.
How do we move through life loving deeply and engaging fully without getting attached?
Looking at the inhalation and exhalation of the breath, the timing of trapeze artists give us glimpses into the ability to let go rather than be attached. The guideline of Aparigraha invites us to let go and to pack lightly for our journey through life, all the while caring deeply and enjoying fully.
"Nonattachment does not mean that we do not care. In fact, non-attachment frees us up to be immersed in appreciation of life and one another.