Letting Go meditation is one of the popular forms of meditation these days. The first time I heard about this, I wondered how sitting at one place will help me to let go of all these thoughts (P.S. I am a compulsive over-thinker). I had tried meditation earlier and it had worked to increase my concentration but meditation helping me to get rid of all the emotional baggage that I was carrying seemed like an over-promise for me.
If you too are wondering about the same thing or if you are a complete novice in the world of meditation then read on to know why letting go meditation is effective as claimed by many practitioners. For those of you grappling with insecurity or unhealthy relationships, this meditation may work magic with its introspective approach:
Attachment: Unlike the popular notion that attachment looks like an obsessive lover, it is completely different and can be so subtle that you might fail to observe it. Attachment is transferring your happiness to a particular person or a particular event. You decide that your peace of mind and happiness is directly dependent on something else. This will give you nothing but endless misery. For example, most of us think that a promotion and a salary raise will always make us happy or if your relationship has a few roadblocks you will be happy. However, this notion is flawed as the source of happiness is deep within us. If you are going to be happy with some external stimulus then you will never be truly happy. The letting go meditation helps us to identify such attachments. Start with thinking of how do you feel generally and if you feel happy. If you don’t then think about why you feel the way you do. Once you start thinking about it, you become aware and once you are aware, you know what to filter out and how to let it go.
The impermanence of all things: When we attach our happiness to other people or events, we assume that it is going to exist forever or we desire for it to exist forever. In this quest, we forget that nothing lasts forever. Everything will either change or end, nothing will stay forever. In letting go meditation, you will meditate on this thought and slowly and steadily come to terms with it. Contemplating on the passing nature of life will help you to overcome anxiety and stress. You will learn how to adapt to changes in your life.
Letting go of fear: Fear is our in-built defense mechanism. However, with overexposure and overstimulation, most of us are on a constant state of alertness. We don’t necessarily observe this unless some trigger sets us on a flight or fight response. However, this hyper-vigilant state drains our energy without us realizing it. Once you start accepting fear and letting go off unnecessary attachments to certain triggers, you will be at peace with yourself and even feel more confident. Though not all fears can be erased, you will be at least aware of all the thoughts and fears that pull you down.
Letting go off our negative thoughts and habits is crucial for your overall well-being. Most of you must have probably heard this from many people in your lives. However, even if we know that letting go is a good practice we are seldom taught how to do it. Meditation is a good way to achieve this important well-being habit. You can do this on your own at home or you can sign up for a course with a certified meditation facilitator on Thriive.
Komal Patil is a business management graduate finding purpose through words, writing stories and poems.