Letting go: “Focused and Fearless”

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“Meditative training is more about letting go than it is about attaining levels of absorption.
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Spiritual life invites you to relinquish all that binds you, whether that is your cherished fantasies, destructive attitudes, assumptions, views, or treasured roles, beliefs, and ideals.
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Relinquishment is not a weak conceptual thought; it registers very deeply in the purity of a concentrated mind.
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In fact, the guiding principle of jhana practice is relinquishment, and release is both the method and aim of concentration.
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“If you don’t want to suffer, don’t cling” could summarize the main thrust of all the Buddha’s instructions.”
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When life is uplifting, when we get a raise, acquire a big possession, or earn an incredible title, living seems easy.
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We feel this is true happiness until loss smacks us awake.
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When life deals loss, disappointment or worry, we judge life and ourselves critically.
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It is not. Some of the most challenging, most difficult lives have been the fullest, most satisfying. (Lincoln, Mandella, Beethoven)
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How could these people endure and maintain their composure under the loss and difficulty they experienced.
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Being able to exert energy, to take action in the face of worry or loss, is far more valuable than any win, any momentary pleasure.
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To be happy, we must endure the difficult parts of life without loss of enthusiasm or action.
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One response to this post.

  1. Posted by Jennifer on July 26, 2015 at 12:25 am

    “Meditative training is more about letting go than it is about attaining levels of absorption.”

    Letting go – it occurred to me that those who are complete control freaks, who have no real self-esteem, or self-worth other than to tear others down to build themselves up, would find it difficult, if not impossible to “let go” of their thoughts, to practice mindfulness.
    I recently attended a seminar through my work – “Mindful/Compassion”. A philosophy completely opposite to my supervisor who management style is negative feedback, & creating fear. I was quite surprised to see the theme of this presentation and excited that perhaps there might be a shift in attitude toward those who ‘serve’ under her/company.
    Her response to this wonderful seminar was to ask for feedback, specifically about whether there was too much said about ‘meditation” or not enough. I know that she felt it was ‘too much’.
    How sad for her and us. I am only accountable for my work ethic, and my attitude. They are both intact. I let the rest go, but, I feel sadness for her. What a missed opportunity for gratitude and goodness for those who really care.

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