As a continuation of my previous blog ‘Everything is Temporary’, I will dive deeper into how we can practice letting go. When you feel like you are no longer happy because you are still stuck in the past or holding on to some thing or person that doesn't serve the current you anymore, how do you let go?
One way to practice letting go of any thoughts or emotions is to stop feeding what you want to let go with more attention. If you react to whatever goes on in your mind, you are reinforcing it and allowing it to stay.
As part of your yoga practice and your daily live, learn to cleanse your mind regularly through meditation, like how you would detox your body.
Mediation sounds very intimidating, especially for those of us who are always occupied and on-the-go. Slowing down and sitting still can often be extremely challenging and time-consuming. But think of meditation as a tool to get rid of toxins in your mind as you would get rid of bad stuff in your body.
In the beginning, many people often think meditation is about controlling the mind, but in contrary, meditation is allowing the thoughts to come into our mind but being aware of what goes and just observe without any judgements. it may take a long time for your mind and body to settle down into a comfortable position, so don’t be discouraged if you don’t settle down the first couple of attempts.
The #1 rule is to focus on your breath until you have gained stability in your mind and body.
When a thought comes into your mind, let it in and just observe it without latching on, as if you’re an audience in a concert. Just sit and watch the show.
Once you reach a silent stage in your mind, then that is the space of fulfillment, purity and joy.
That is the journey of awareness.
Come join my class on Saturday mornings! We practice mediation and āsanas (physical) to start off your weekend :)
Up next, I will be blogging about a few different techniques we can use to meditate.