letting go

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letting go

Postby befriend » Tue Jun 26, 2012 11:00 pm

hello
there are more than one method of letting go of distracting thoughts and or feelings. i am wondering is it a correct practice to simply say the phrase let go, when an uwanted thought appears. ive noticed by doing this i immediately exhale, as if my body is releasing the negativity. do you think there is aversion in this method or is it a sure bet. thank you. metta, befriend
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Re: letting go

Postby bodom » Tue Jun 26, 2012 11:16 pm

Ajahn Sumedho:

The practice of 'letting go' is very effective for minds obsessed by compulsive thinking: you simplify your meditation practice down to just two words – 'letting go' – rather than try to develop this practice and then develop that; and achieve this and go into that, and understand this, and read the Suttas, and study the Abhidhamma... and then learn Pali and Sanskrit... then the Madhyamika and the Prajña Paramita... get ordinations in the Hinayana, Mahayana, Vajrayana... write books and become a world renowned authority on Buddhism. Instead of becoming the world's expert on Buddhism and being invited to great International Buddhist Conferences, just 'let go, let go, let go'.


http://www.vipassanadhura.com/lettinggo.html

:anjali:
The heart of the path is SO simple. No need for long explanations. Give up clinging to love and hate, just rest with things as they are. That is all I do in my own practice. Do not try to become anything. Do not make yourself into anything. Do not be a meditator. Do not become enlightened. When you sit, let it be. When you walk, let it be. Grasp at nothing. Resist nothing. Of course, there are dozens of meditation techniques to develop samadhi and many kinds of vipassana. But it all comes back to this - just let it all be. Step over here where it is cool, out of the battle. - Ajahn Chah
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Re: letting go

Postby befriend » Wed Jun 27, 2012 12:03 am

very good, so it does seem like that can be a legitamite practice, just say let go let go.
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Re: letting go

Postby Eccedustin » Wed Jun 27, 2012 5:11 am

If it works for you, then do it. I don't see it as necessary for me, at least.
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