Have you ever felt a sense of discontentment when you know something isn’t right but you don’t know what it is?
Have you felt a pull to do something different but uncertainty and the unknown of what could happen has stopped you?
Have you ever considered taking a risk and walking into the darkness because whatever’s on the other side has to be better than what is here?
If you’ve got nothing to lose then what is stopping you from taking action?
Attachment to fear; a needing to know the outcome, needing to feel in control, not wanting to make a mistake or being concerned about other peoples opinions.
In Mindfulness we practise the ‘Art of Letting Go’ also known as ‘non-attachment’. This is a practise where we let go of all our fears and judgements and just be.
When we let go of the need to know and be in control, we then realise that we’ve got nothing to lose and this can give us the courage to step into the unknown.
It’s not easy to do this, as we all think that we have a set of fixed beliefs and expectations that hold us back from achieving our desires.
Yet if we take a closer look at what is holding us back we soon realise that it is the person looking back at us in the mirror. We soon figure out that we have created our reality through too much air time given to our negative thoughts thus determining our internal truths and illusion.
How do we overcome this?
With the practice of Letting Go.
The next time you are faced with indecision try this letting go practice:
- Sit in meditation and connect with the breath for a couple of breaths
- Check in with the body by doing a body scan and see where you can feel the discomfort sitting.
- Breath into this area of the body, don’t try to change the sensation of discomfort just sit with it and feel it.
- Surrender to this experience and any emotions that may show up. As surrendering allows you to experience and be present with whatever you are feeling and gives you the opportunity to let go of your resistance. By letting go of resistance you give up the control and fearful thoughts.
- Then ask yourself “What is really causing this indecision?” Are there some self doubt, love, acceptance or worth issues arising?
This is not a time for judgement, it is a time for awakening to the truth. So it’s important to allow the answer to arrive instead of trying to force an answer. If nothing arises then just continue to sit with the discomfort and repeat the question, until some clarity is found.
When you do this practice you are making a conscious choice to step into the unknown and find an answer to your problem; It’s only when you get to the end of the practice that you realise that you always had the solution within you, you just couldn’t see it through the fear.
If you continue to be mindful through ‘The Art of Letting Go‘ you will begin to feel empowered which will in effect create a positive reality. Remember:
Life is like a box of chocolates you never know what you are going to get.Forrest Gump
So we encourage you to take a chocolate because even if you get a chocolate you don’t like at least you’ve taken the risk to taste it and get a better understanding of what you do and don’t like.
Written by Present Mindfulness Academy