The Power of Positive Detachment: Respecting Boundaries and Embracing Personal Growth

Have you ever heard the phrase “let it go?” When I first heard it, I thought I understood what it meant. I was familiar with the concept of detaching, and I knew how to detach when I needed to. What I didn’t understand was that there are different ways of detaching. The one I used most often was certainly not a form of “positive” detachment. I still had a lot to learn.

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Emotionally Detaching for Self-Care
So, what is “loving detachment?” First, allow me tell you what loving detachment is not. Loving detachment isn’t mean or selfish. It’s not an “either/or” experience; it’s not yes, we’re doing it today, and no, we’re not doing it tomorrow. It’s not something that we turn on and off. It isn’t aggressive; rather, it’s compassionate and kind. Loving detachment is a way of respecting other’s boundaries, and a type of healthy boundary for ourselves. It’s a constant. It’s a way of living and “being.” Loving detachment means “caring enough about others to allow them to learn from their mistakes.” It also means being responsible for our own welfare and making decisions “without ulterior motives or the desire to control others.”
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