January 12 2018

Primal Reflection Point: No Attachment To Outcome

By Mark Sisson

Inline_Live-Awesome-645x445-04“[T]he one thing that centenarians all seem to have in common is an ability to roll with the punches and overcome adversity. It appears that this life skill to be able to move on after the loss of a loved one, a divorce, or the loss of a job is a particularly important strategy for living a long, happy, healthy, productive life. It’s about going with the flow, it’s about simply releasing attachment to the outcome. That doesn’t mean you don’t play hard. It doesn’t mean that you don’t get into a game and say, ‘I want to win this game.’ But it’s the idea that after it’s over, you move on with your life. No regrets. No ruing it. You simply move on.”

~  From Primal Connection, pg. 217



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  1. I think the ability to roll with the punches is something almost all of us develop during the course of a lifetime, not just the centenarians among us. Nothing is permanent, and there are no exceptions. It’s just the way life is. The sooner we grasp that as fact, the better we will be able to deal with the adversities that get thrown at us.

  2. I like this… Have a goal in mind but do not attach yourself to its outcome.

  3. This reminds me of the story of two Buddhist monks walking down a muddy lane. They were never to touch a women. They came across a young bride in a beautiful gown trying to cross the muddy road. One of the monks stopped and picked her up and carried her across the road. They continued on and an hour later the monk who carried the girl noticed his companion was out of sorts. He asked what was wrong. His companion responded “You picked up that girl!” The monk responded “I put her down an hour ago, why are you still carrying her!”

    1. Reminds me of a quote from Confucius’ protege, Unconscious: “Man who runs in front of car gets tired, man who run behind car gets exhausted”

  4. Good reminder! It’s also noted in the Law of Attraction and usually the hardest part to master.