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Get Healthy with a Spiritual View

written by Head Health Nutter August 17, 2009

Negative emotions are toxic. Although they are an important part in the human experience, if we neglect to fully process them, they fester within our bodies and create dis-ease. Eventually, they manifest as illness.

Ever wonder the secret of those who seem untouched by negative circumstances? You know who I’m talking about. They are usually healthy, exude an almost unwavering positive attitude and rarely allow others to affect them.

If they are not among the emotionally detached (those who display apathy rather than understanding and acceptance), then I would bet my bottom dollar that they view the world with a spiritual perspective.

Spiritually-inclined individuals have mastered the art of non-attachment, which is very different from detachment. From Transcending the Levels of Consciousness by Dr. David Hawkins:

`Detachment’ is an ongoing process that, unfortunately, can lead to apathy and emotional flatness, noninvolvement, and indifference.  It can also result in passivity and loss of interest in life. There are misunderstandings of spirituality that teach that even love is an attachment, which is a misconception, for love is an aspect of God; possessiveness is an aspect of ego.

Rather than cutting themselves totally off from emotion, the spiritually-minded simply do not get upset over anything for very long. They feel but do not wallow. They know negative emotions (pity, shame, guilt, hatred, grief, fear, desire, anger or pride) cause them harm in the form of stress.

And not the good stress that helps us grow.

Non-attachment means less personal suffering because emotions are simply emotions and earthly pleasures are fleeting. A spiritual individual does not attach their feelings to any internal or external aspects of life, whether it is personal identity, an object, relationship, social quality, or any other aspect of physical life.

The spiritual person allows themselves to feel but knows that true healing comes from working through their negative emotions in order to replace them with positive emotions (courage, trust, optimism, forgiveness, understanding, love, joy, reverence and peace). It’s like eradicating the dark with an infusion of light.

But how many of us, with good intentions, have been fueled into action by negative emotions? If the end result is positive, are the self-damaging effects worth it? What do you think? Please let us know in the comments below!

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Emmanuel Lopez-Motivatorman August 18, 2009 at 12:17 pm

Thanks for this post Stephanie. Non-attachment is a real test for anyone. It’s almost a paradox because I find that we ultimately must be attached and not attached at the same time. It’s like that expression if you love something you must be able to let it go.

Stephanie August 18, 2009 at 10:28 pm

Thank you very much for pointing out that non-attachment is a real test for anyone, Emmanuel. I did not mean to imply that there are only two sets of people in the world: spiritual and non-spiritual. Spirituality is a journey for those who seek peace. Much like meditation is exercise for the mind, learning and practicing the spiritual principals that ring true for you is exercise for the soul. 🙂

Emmanuel, that’s the perfect expression to describe `non-attachment’! Non-attachment is about enjoying all the good things in life but not being bummed (for too long) when the source of pleasure has run it’s course and comes to an end.

I must admit. It’s hard to do!


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