To be free from your attachments does not mean you have stopped being happy or responsive or turned yourself away from all the positive things in life. Non-attachment does not mean you should not have the zest for life or lose all your vitality. It only means you have to be unconditional in what you do, what you seek, what you love and what you experience. The life of Lord Krishna is a great example in this regard. He lived a complete and luxurious life, took sides, waged wars, indulged in mischief and yet remained free from the fetters of life. The transcendental life that we seek as a solution to the impermanence of human life is eternally vibrant and yet free from all the limitations to which we are subject. It does not forsake action, but attachment with action. It does not forsake enjoyment but attachment with it. It does not forsake experience, but remains untouched by it. A detached life is a liberated life, in which the boundaries of self, the notions of oneself and one's identity dissolve. Free from the demands of the self-centered and narcissistic ego, it is dynamic. It excludes nothing by choice or preference. Detached consciousness is alert, attentive, calm and spontaneous. It responds to our calls for assistance with compassion and clarity of purpose. It offers us a chance to be what we truly are, to experience life without fear or the compulsion of choice. From non-attachment comes the true joy of living in the now and here. A detached person lives in the present, unburdened by the memories of his past or the uncertainty of his future. He does not look far ahead or plan things in advance meticulously to secure his life. He lives without fear. He is contended with what life offers to him and accepts life as it comes, without complaint, without judgment and without striving. He is a traveler who is on a journey of self-discovery without any baggage and without any conditions, with complete trust in the reality of the present moment. He has attained perfection because he has transformed himself from becoming to being.
According to Segal , part of self awareness is understanding one's down personal problems and biases, and addressing them so that they do not interfere in work with others. As a social worker (in the future), self awareness enables me to know myself and be aware of their own values, assumptions, beliefs, strengths, and weakness, so that I am able to help the clients effectively. Rothman (1999) suggests that increased awareness brings increased openness to other ways of thinking and a greater insight into other kinds of life experience. So, keeping my mind open, as a social worker (in the future), I can then listen to client's sharing patiently, even when clients have other point of view different from mine, I can have an appropriate response and advice.