nem wrote:What are your practices, for identifying and eliminating clinging? I think this practice of just trying to throw everything away, and finding out what is hard to throw away, that is one easy way for me to find my clinging.
Doing some housecleaning like you did is a great thing for sure. Throwing away things that are useless and so on, I think that's a useful thing, also to see where you cling to something that's only imprisoning you, winning the fight and getting rid of it. Congratulations. I do that every once in a while. That way I don't have many things. Also, I don't need many things. It is good to see that, time and again, more and more clearly. It becomes easier and easier to throw away things that are useless and keep what is useful. It's kind of boring, actually. No more dragons to fight and so on. But hey, I think it's nice.
There is no need to eliminate it. Just identify and be aware. That is ... you may drop the belief that there is any added value of having eliminated clinging other than just having eliminated it.
Yeah, in the end it's like that. It's pretty boring. But so rewarding...
binocular wrote:There are some positive things to be said about decluttering, though.
The internet is full of webpages that give advice on how to do it, and to a greater or lesser depth give some insight into how come we keep stuff we don't really want or need.
We should start to declutter the internet. It's so full of garbage.
But hey, a teacup is useful, isn't it?
One other great way to declutter, though, is to give things away. It's nice. It brings joy. My father can only do it in that way. He has so much stuff that he clings to and cannot just simply get rid off by throwing it away. But when he comes here to visit and brings something that he has found among the big heaps of old stuff to give it to me or my sister, it makes him feel lighter. He's always relieved I think to have freed himself of a burden in a useful and giving way.
There's nothing bad or evil about throwing things away, though, no matter how useful others may consider all that stuff. But giving is generally a very nice way of giving things up. So maybe when someone complains about your throwing away emotional baggage, maybe you should try and give it to them.