We often place much greater importance to things, than they really deserve. By practicing the art of letting go, we gain a great degree of freedom from thoughts, emotions and things that prevent us from realizing our true selves.
Advice from Masters – Quotes & Tips on Letting Go
Stop Clinging: Everywhere we turn we are faced with impermanence….The more we cling – of course – the more pain we feel as things fade, disappear, die around us….And sometimes the more we cling, the more these things happen. The key to being able to let go of all the stuff you’re holding on to is knowing that you’ll be okay if you don’t have it. And that’s the truth. You can survive with very little. And though the passing of people and things can be painful, you will survive.
The problem with Plans: The problem with a plan is that you fill up the blank page of a new day with a ‘to-do‘ list before you get there. And if you’re not careful there’s no room for anything else. A plan, especially a very focused one, narrows down the possibilities of the future to just a couple of things: that things either go to plan, or they don’t.
Freedom of Letting Go: And that’s what F**k It does. Sometimes things feel as if they’re just too painful to bear. And some part of you just gives up caring. The thing that mattered so much, somehow doesn’t matter any more. And the freedom that comes from that is a blast and a half.
So just say F**k It to it all. Just do what the hell you want.
John C. Parkin – Author – F**k It: The Ultimate Spiritual Way
Let go of time: Let go of anticipating the next moment, trying to control it, trying to hang on to the moment that has just passed. Let go clinging to what has just occurred. Let go trying to control what you think is about to occur. Then you live in an infinite space of non-time and non-event. There is an infinite peace beyond description. And you are home.
Stop hanging onto pain: We hang on to pain. It certainly satisfies our unconscious need for the alleviation of guilt through punishment. We get to feel miserable and rotten. The question then arises, “But for how long?”
In any situation which involves suffering, we have to ask ourselves: “How long am I willing to pay the cost? What were the karmic propensities to begin with? How much blame is enough? Is there a time to call an end to it? How long will I hang on to it? How much sacrifice am I willing to pay to the other person for their wrongs, real or imaginary? How much guilt is enough? How much self-punishment is enough? When will I give up the secret pleasure of the self-punishment? When does the sentence come to an end?” When we really examine it, we will always find that we have been punishing ourselves for ignorance, naïveté, innocence, and lack of inner education.
Frantic activities: People are terrified of facing themselves. They dread even a moment of aloneness. Thus the constant frantic activities: the endless socializing, talking, texting, reading, music playing, working, traveling, sightseeing, shopping, overeating, gambling, movie-going, pill-taking, drug-using, and cocktail-partying. Many of the foregoing mechanisms of escape are faulty, stressful, and ineffective.David R. Hawkins – Author – Letting Go: The Pathway of Surrender
Top Books on Letting Go
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We have been programmed to seek ‘external approval’ for virtually everything that we do. Since everyone differs in the way that they view life, it becomes virtually impossible to please everyone all the time. People suffer through life in an endless pursuit of validation from other people and ‘keeping up with the Jones’, and in this mindless pursuit forget one simple question – what makes me happy?
There are a wide range of different meditation techniques – being a silent observer, focusing on your breath, zen, dynamic meditations and the list goes on. There is no correct or preferred method, you need to find the technique that works the best for you.
The practice of Journaling (writing your thoughts into a diary on a daily basis) has been proven to be of tremendous value in helping you reach your goals, change behavior, clear your mind and deal with a range of negative issues. A simple daily habit, that can truly transform your life.
Too many of us rely solely on doctors and medicines to solve our health issues, ignoring the many real and known problems of modern medicine (including the very real side-effects and a focus on symptoms vs the root cause). While medicines have their place, we should not ignore the tremendous value of alternate therapies – including the power of our minds, the proper diets, home remedies and traditional medications.