Detachment From Desire (On Problem Solving)

Attachment to a desired outcome blinds us to the actual problem in front of us and, therefore, also to its solution.

In order to approach a problem objectively, intelligently, and decisively, we must first step back from it so that we can see it clearly, without the distractions of emotion or opinion.

We must look at it as it is, separate from us or our desires, our needs, our hopes, and our fears.

A problem does not care how we feel about it or what we want from it. It simply is. The solution is the same.


Holistic Budo: As it is in budo, so too it is in life. As it is in life, so too it is in budo.

Robert Van Valkenburgh is co-founder of Taikyoku Mind & Body and Kogen Dojo where he teaches Taikyoku Budo and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.

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