Practicing detachment is a way to gain perspective on my affairs in life, so that they do not have the power to absorb and run me. Compulsiveness can be seen as an inability to view thought with any level of detachment – a compulsive relationship with my own inner processes. Detachment allows me to be with myself rather than lose myself in every thought that passes through my mind. Practicing detachment helps me to set inner boundaries. When my energy flows willy-nilly into every issue, the energy is no longer under my command but belongs to the thought that has taken it over. Boundaries start from within. Not becoming lost or taken over by my own thoughts is the beginning of setting personal boundaries. I will keep my mind and life clear and centered so that I know from within when I have gone too far.
I am centered from within.
Nowhere can a man find a quieter or more untroubled retreat than in his own soul.