“Normally, as human beings we’re psychologically attached to a large number of constructs, such as hopes and ambitions for the future, beliefs and ideas about the world, knowledge, status and achievements. At the same time, there are more tangible attachments such as our possessions, our appearance and our jobs or roles. All of these attachments support our sense of identity like scaffolding. They are the building blocks of our sense of ‘I’. We feel that we are ‘someone’ because we have hopes, beliefs, a job, or because we’re successful and attractive, and so on.”
“We think we need these attachments to feel happy, but paradoxically, letting go of them can bring…a deeper kind of well-being. Letting go makes us aware that the attachments actually clutter up our minds, and overburden us with demands. We feel a sense of clarity and openness, now that our ‘identity scaffolding’ has dissolved away. There’s a new sense of energy too, since our mental energy is no longer consumed by maintaining the attachments.”
“But even more importantly, psychological attachments seem to obscure a deeper, more authentic part of ourselves. This ‘core’ of our being doesn’t need external happiness, because somehow it exists in a natural state of fullness and contentment.”
“In other words, it may be that we’ve been looking for happiness in the wrong place: not outside, but inside. It may be that true well-being comes not from accumulating things, but actually letting go of them.” (Source)
So let go…and have a picnic!
Description: The classic chicken salad recipe is remixed with a healthier twist and juicy, jeweled pomegranates. Serve on a bed of spring mix for an extra punch of nutrients. And let go a bit…use the REAL mayonnaise.
Pomegranate Grilled Chicken Salad
12 oz. diced grilled chicken
1/2 cup plain greek yogurt
1/3 cup chopped walnuts
1/4 cup mayonnaise
7 1/4 tsp pomegranates (heck, just throw in a handful)
1/4 tsp celery salt
1. Combine all ingredients in a large bowl and mix well.
2. Serve on bed of spring mix.
“You can only lose what you cling to.”