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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3 responses 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.

  2. Posted by Jennifertem on September 10, 2017 at 2:01 pm

    2 years later I’m really drawn to one sentence in particular which I’m struggling with in my life.
    “Being able to exert energy to TAKE ACTION in the face of worry or loss is far more valuable than winning or momentary pleasures”.
    “without loss of enthuiasm” is the challenge.

  3. Perfection is not the goal, doing our best without judging is clise

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