“Kissing the Joy as it Flies"
John Main OSB, THE HEART OF CREATION: Meditation: A Way of Setting God Free in the World (London: Canterbury, 2007) pp. 74-75.
Meditation is concerned with detachment. And as in our Western religious vocabulary there is no word more misunderstood than detachment, meditation can often present unnecessary problems or complications for people. It seems to us, generally, that detachment means a frosty sort of platonic indifference and it was this that put most of us off the idea when we came across the word [and the]largely negative or repressive view of [it].
Yet I feel that detachment is the most important lesson that meditation has to teach us today as men and women of the West. . . . Detachment is not dissociation from yourself or an evasion of your problems or responsibilities. It is not a denial of friendship or affection, of even of passion. Detachment is, in essence, detachment from self-preoccupation, from that often unconscious mind-set that puts myself at the center of creation.