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  • Writer's pictureLukas Bürk

Running Philosophy Day 9: Detachment

Attachment and detachment are crucial aspects of my life, especially evident in my running. Detachment means being fully present without being overly invested in a specific outcome, while attachment often ties us to future aspirations or past memories.

The more we cling to something, the more we set ourselves up for suffering when reality doesn't align with our expectations.

Is it possible to pursue something without being attached? I believe so.

Consider hiking a mountain. We can aim to reach the summit, yet remain unattached to the outcome. If circumstances change—a sudden thunderstorm, for instance—we can alter our route without frustration or regret over not reaching the top.

I've experienced this firsthand in the mountains, where many accidents could be avoided through a mindset of less attachment.

This principle holds true in life as well. The more attached I am to a specific goal or belief, the more I suffer when life takes unexpected turns. Life rarely moves in linear paths.

Disclaimer and notes on this series:

This blog series is a collection of my musings on philosophy as it relates to my passion for running. It's not a how-to guide or a set of rules. These are just my daily thoughts and questions, not my final answers.

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