Here is the latest talk from the San Rafael Meditation group with Rick Hanson. It is titled Listening to Your Longing for Peace. More information on the San Rafael Mediation group can be found at http://www.rickhanson.net/teaching/meditation-group/.
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I thought you might like to listen to a sample from my audio program – The Enlightened Brain: The Neuroscience of Awakening – in which I offer practical tools to reshape your brain for awakening.
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What Are You Holding Onto?
I’ve done a lot of rock climbing, so I know firsthand the importance sometimes of not letting go! This applies to other things as well: keeping hold of a child’s hand while crossing the street, staying true to your ethics in a tricky situation, or sustaining attention to your breath while meditating.
On the other hand, think of all the stuff – both physical and nonphysical – we cling to that creates problems for us and others: clutter in the home, “shoulds,” rigid opinions, resentments, regrets, status, guilt, resistance to the facts on the ground, needing to be one-up with others, the past, people who are gone, bad habits, hopeless guests, unrewarding relationships, and so on.
Letting go can mean several things: releasing pain; dropping thoughts, words, and deeds that cause suffering and harm; yielding rather than breaking; surrendering to the way it is, like it or not; allowing each moment to pass away without trying to hold on to it; accepting the permanently impermanent nature of existence; and relaxing the sense of self and opening out into the wider world. …Read More
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