To deal with things, knowledge of things is needed. To deal with people, you need insight and sympathy. To deal with yourself, you need nothing. Be what you are—conscious being—and don’t stray away from yourself. ~Sri Nisargadatta
What is letting go? And what exactly are we letting go of during meditation? And…how deep does it go? Is there any end to how much we can let go? And also, how healthy is it to let go? What are the benefits? Are there any dangers? These are the questions we explore in this episode of The OneMind Podcast.
I’ve wanted to do a show about ‘the art of letting go’ for a while. Here’s why—letting go is really the heart of meditation practice. It’s the essence of what you do when you sit down to meditate. No matter what kind of meditation practice you do, 95% of it is going to be about this one simple choice to let go over and over again.
Letting go is an incredibly important part of being human. We all carry so much baggage around. Learning how to let go on occasion helps us revitalize and rejuvenate our mind, our emotions, our body, and our spirit.
If at times you feel like you’re mind is like a washing machine on steroids spinning in your head, then letting go will help you deal with that. In truth, a lot of us have that choppy washing machine experience before we learn how to periodically let go and unplug from our thoughts.
We’re often tortured, distracted, stressed, or confused by the frenzy of activity in our minds, but we don’t need to be. Learning how to let go in meditation is a key part of gaining perspective on that experience and finding a new way to relate to it all.
This episode on the art of letting go is broken into 5 parts:
Chapter 1. What governs the movement of our minds?
Chapter 2. Take out the trash
Chapter 3. How Do you Let go?
Chapter 4. Your Mind Is Not The Enemy
Chapter 5. There are different levels of letting go
- Learn how to let go and sign up for our free How To Meditate Mini Course
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