Learn about the Mindful Attitude of Letting Go to help support your formal (meditation) and informal (day to day) practice of mindfulness. Bring this attitude into practice and navigate life with a greater degree of clarity, calm and connection.
Use the attitude to guide your formal meditation practice, or as an informal reminder throughout
Letting go is the release of what doesn’t serve us – this can include thoughts, emotions, beliefs, habits, and even expectations of the way our lives should be.
When we let go, in essence we let be, a non-judgemental acceptance of the way things are, which creates freedom and a willingness to be in the present, rather than clinging on to the past that is no longer, or to an idea that we expect of the future.
Our breath reminds us of our capacity to let go and to be in the present moment. We must release one breath, before a new breath can begin. Each exhale reminds us that we know how to let go, it allows us to release.
When we let go, we create space, and in this space the new can be created.
“Breathe. Let go. And remind yourself that this very moment is the only one you know you have for sure.”
― Oprah Winfrey
Below are some resources on Letting Go compiled by the Happy Melon Team to be shared with you. Enjoy listening, reading and watching. Stay connected and let us know what you loved, or share your own resources with us in return!
She just let go.
No one was around when it happened.
There was no applause or congratulations.
No one thanked her or praised her.
No one noticed a thing.
Like a leaf falling from a tree, she just let go.
Tara Brach is an inspirational mindfulness and meditation teacher, philosopher and leader.
This talk explores what’s so difficult about letting go and how we can’t will it but we can be willing. We then explore the shift to awake awareness that enables a natural dissolution of clinging and resistance, and the deep peace and freedom of letting be.
A statement on practice from renowned Melbourne based meditation teacher Zoe Kanat:
“Our practice is supported by the attitudes we hold and bring into our experience. When we pay attention, sitting or lying down to the reality of our human experience, to what is happening right now – we start by letting go of expectations – not needing things to be a particular way, but rather letting things be as they are already.”
“I thought I would share a great feel good song that I think of every time I hear the attitude of letting go. It is Let It Go by James Bay. It has a few lyrics that ring true to the sentiment of letting go, but is generally a nice song to play on your morning walk or while you’re cooking dinner.” – Meribel
Holding on can be a brave choice, but letting go and moving on is often what makes us stronger and ultimately more content.
“When I’m not sure if I should let something or someone go I consult this list and see what my gut says“ – Steven Cabral
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