5 ways to let go

Many of us have been conditioned to believe that the way to get what we want in life is to formulate a plan and take lots of action. Then we try to get other people to cooperate with our plan – which some of them find annoying. If the first plan doesn't work, we formulate another and start again. This can go on for years – it’s exhausting and frustrating. There is another way, says John Purkiss, the author of The Power of Letting Go – How to Drop Everything That’s Holding You Back.

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Letting go isn’t the same as giving up. On the contrary, once you let go you may find yourself taking a lot more action than before. However, you’ll relax and enjoy the process. The results are far better than when we try to achieve things through struggle and effort – and by controlling other people.

If you do yoga or practise any form of silent meditation, you may already be accustomed to observing thoughts and emotions as they come and go. If you’re new to this whole subject, all you have to do is notice thoughts and emotions as they appear. If you can observe something, it isn’t you. You aren’t the thoughts or emotions, you’re consciousness itself. There’s no need to be carried away – you can just observe them:

John Purkiss is the author of The Power of Letting Go – How to Drop Everything That’s Holding You Back.

*Source: ShivaJnana Upanishad, Vijnana Bhairava Tantra, 94th verse, 22nd technique.