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Thursday, September 27, 2012

The Art of Letting Go

This post is based on a presentation that I did at the 2012 ASAE Annual Conference in Dallas.  It is also adopted from the book Let Go: A Buddhist Guide to Breaking Free of Habits by Martine Batchelor.  Click here to view the presentation.

My inherent nature is based on passion to live this life to the fullest.  Yesterday is the past, today is the present, and tomorrow is the future.  Part of our mental habits as humans is to dwell on the past and look forward to the future, often unaware of the present moment. Typically, we refer to habits as physical habits, unaware that we have mental habits that effect our day to day.  In this post, I will be focusing on the mental habits that we develop.

There is a constant tug of war between the positive and the negative mind.  The key to winning that tug of war is to accept the fact that negative thoughts occur due to our daily interactions, our reactions to other people, our emotional state, and the list goes on.  It takes practice, awareness, and mental training to recognize the negative thoughts and turn them into positive thoughts. Grasping to negative thoughts will result in negative outcomes, both physically and mentally, resulting in an aura that is unapproachable.

How can we win the tug of war and allow ourselves to think positive? By simply letting go.  Managing emotions will allow us to let go. For example if you feel a negative emotion, dissipate its energy by focusing on the breath and relaxing the body. Scanning the body and being aware of the body will allow us to let go.  Using creative ways that work for us to practice letting go, to manage negative mental and physical habits, so that we are able to gracefully handle even the most stressful interaction in our day.

  • letting go will allow us to love and be loved (family, romantic, ourselves, etc.).  Love is a wonderful feeling and when we love we feel uplifted and joyous.
  • letting go will allow us to be grateful and receive gratitude - Being grateful everyday.  Waking up in the morning and saying the words, "thank you...(insert what you are thankful for that day)"
  • letting go will allow us to be compassionate to ourselves and others.
  • letting go will allow us to break free of negative mental habits.

Can you create something out of nothing?  Your world is an open canvas.  We have an opportunity everyday to paint that canvas. If we can find stability and clarity in our minds then a grow in our creative journey and can develop new ways of looking and seeing our daily lives.

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