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You Don't Need to Let Go

Cory Muscara



Cory Muscara



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You Don't Need to Let Go

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Hi, welcome back to

your Daily Mindfulness.

In today's session, we're going to talk

about why you may not need to let go.

As a meditation teacher, I do get a lot of

questions from people about how to let go.

And I often see a lot of suffering

created for people around

feeling like they can't let go.

There's something they want to release,

but a part of them is still holding on.

And so there's the tension of holding

on, but then there's also the tension of

the story around what's wrong with me?

Why can't I just release us

and move on with my life?

So I just want to offer a different

perspective around this, which is

that it may be the case that this

part needs to let go in its own time,

that maybe you don't need to let go,

but instead to just be honest that

right now, there's a holding on.

You don't need to avoid that.

You can just bring awareness, space and

love until the letting go happens itself.

You could even say, let it let go, rather

than you feeling like this is something

you have to go in and solve and fix.

You know, the alternative is that we

just add more tension to a part that

is already tense, a part that's holding

on, which is taking us further away

from wisdom, inner freedom and whatever

letting go that we're hoping for.

And so if you find yourself on this

path, there's a, there's a chance

it feels, it can feel personal.

And even the way I described it in the

beginning, it was like, I need to let go.

I need to let go.

I need to release this so

I can move on to my life.

Do you feel how much

responsibility there is in that?

And even just this feeling

like you can control it?

What if we just took the perspective

that this part within you has its own

journey, you know, has its own timeline

and you can just be honest that, oh, Ooh,

right now there is a lot of holding on

and I actually can't do much about it.

All I can do is just be honest

with that and show compassion.

And when it's ready, then it will let go.

If you could force the letting go

to happen, I say more power to you.

But sometimes these things

just have their own timeline.

And if we can observe, step back and

observe and give that, that process space,

well, we can develop a certain empathy

and compassion for ourselves, and we can

also develop a certain wisdom about how

things actually unfold in their own time.

So maybe this will give you a new

perspective on letting go as it shows

up in your own life, which is something

we're all navigating in different ways.

Thank you for your practice.

Let's settle in for today's meditation.

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