What causes us the most anxiety in life is the fear of loss.
We fear losing our loved ones, our job, our money, our stuff, our reputation, or the comfortable routine of life that we have established. We may fear losing something that we’ve become dependent on.
When these become attachments they can bind us and keep us from being truly free and consequently truly happy. This is not to say that it is unreasonable or unwarranted to fear losing what we love, but the key to true happiness is to be detached from our dependence on them. The Church fathers often instructed that anxiety was a problem of attachment. St. John Climacus, who authored one of my favorite spiritual writings, The Ladder of Divine Ascent, says this of attachments: “If you truly love God…then it will not be possible to have an attachment, or anxiety, or concern for…
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