In the interest of clarity I want to mention that letting go of attachment does not mean to be disengaged. It means that we engage in a different way. We engage with wisdom and understanding and without the need to always have what we want or live outside of reality.
With that said, "And this, monks, is the noble truth of the way of practice leading to the cessation of stress: precisely this Noble Eightfold Path — right view, right resolve, right speech, right action, right livelihood, right effort, right mindfulness, right concentration."
Though this is describe as a path, I like to think of it as a circle. The different parts interact with each other and build on each other. I'll be taking on these different parts of the path one by one in future posts, but I think it's important to take a look at them as whole and then take a deep breath. There's a lot there. It reminds me so much of the Twelve Steps and I'll be showing some ways I think they link up in future posts. And just like the twelve steps, they seemed impossible at first. They still do. After nearly a decade of being a practicing Buddhist, I still wrestle with each of them. But I also remember what my life was like before I started this journey and that's what keeps me interested and focused in what I do now.