It’s harvest time. Time to choose what to keep and what to cull. By working through the 40 Days of Letting Go Detox for your Brain you made room for positive change to come into your life.
For the warrior, every moment is a challenge to be genuine, and each challenge is delightful. When you let go properly, you can relax and enjoy the challenge…. Chogyam Trungpa,
Today’s Letting go exercise ~ Here are the top take-aways from the past 40 days:
#1: Time and time stress was the most popular post… what does that tell us? No surprise here…. If you are over scheduled and overwhelmed like most people, it’s hard to let go. Make more time in your life by looking at small and big time wasters. Drink one less cup of coffee in the morning, spend 20 fewer minutes on Facebook. Get off one committee. Small changes in the are will add up. Look at he #2 below to get hints about the biggest time-sucks in your life.
#2: Tied for second where the letting go posts about fear, fixing, planning and letting go of drama. Is it possible that if were not so concerned with controlling others, controlling outcomes, expectations we have placed on others, and what others may be expecting from us, we would feel less time stress and less fear? If we gave up on just 20% of controlling, and cared 20% less about other’s perceptions of us, we might just feel a massive letting go.
More Letting go take-aways:
1. Let go of the idea that you will some day be a finished product – remember the main ideas of Wabi Sabi: nothing lasts forever, nothing is perfect, nothing is finished.
2. Let go of anger. Focus on the lesson, take any negative energy and turn it in to positive action.
3. Be aware of the aspects of your being that are not an authentic expression of who you are, keep shedding these aspects. What’s left will be your best self, let go of keeping your best self from the world.
4. You will find it easier to share your best self if you let go of beating yourself up and learn to practice self-compassion and let go of fear of judgement.
5. Remember that letting go is an art not a science. What is more important in this human life – that which we keep, or that which let go? What gives you a peace and a sense of acceptance? The answer is different for everyone. Letting go is your own unique mural.
Lastly, take away these quotes to help you let go….
“The greater the threat, the more tightly we hold on. We try to capture something moving and to make it still, so that an experience that has come and gone seems still to exist. Viewing our life as something we can fix and possess, we become completely attached to our mental snapshot of ourselves and equally threatened by its potential loss. We have taken a tiny speck of the vastness of the universe and staked it out as our territory, and now we are stuck with protecting it from change.”…. Judy Lief in Tricycle Magazine
“…Even the smallest glimpse of freedom heightens our awareness of the pain we have created by our ego-fixation. Seeing the contrast is what inspires us to go forward on the path. In particular, each time we sit on the cushion and meditate, we relax and let go a little bit more…..For the warrior, every moment is a challenge to be genuine, and each challenge is delightful. When you let go properly, you can relax and enjoy the challenge…. Chogyam Trungpa, The Sacred Path of the Warrior
“Life is only lived in this moment, which is fleeting, changing constantly. If only we’d stop embalming life, freezing it into a view, we’d experience life as it is, and at its fullest. The importance of right mindfulness, is that it weaves together all the aspects of the path, and brings us back to Reality, here and now.” – Steve Hagen, Buddhism Plain and Simple
Think of letting go as a constant shedding of that which no longer serves you. Remember that letting go is an art, not a science, and there is no time table, or right or wrong way to let go. Sometimes letting go requires going inward and deep rest. Sometimes it calls for action and collaboration. It’s all about finding your authentic self, finding peace and joy with that authentic self, and giving up thoughts, words, deeds, people, places, and things that keep you from being joyful and genuine.
We wish you twenty minutes of mindfulness every day!