Letting Go Leads to Enlightenment?

We acquire things in life.  Material things (and emotional subjects) to be specific.   Things like car, house, cloth, etcetra, ectcetra. We make friends too.  These social relationships can lead to deeper emotional commitment such as boy/girl- friend, spouse,or children.  We even develop affinity to abstract subjects such as religion, music, poetry.

Trouble is we get attached to things and can’t let go.

As human, we become attached to these things, relationships, or ideologies.   Be it material goods, emotional anchors, or spiritual support, these attachments could give us  pleasure while they last.  But in our final moment, none of these attachments matter.  All will cease to exist.

Recognizing this, holding on to these attachments will only cause negative emotions such as fear, greed, or anger.  In the same vein, letting go of our attachments shed unnecessary burdens or pain and suffering.

Letting go represents an act of emotional maturity.  Because it requires objectivity towards our emotional attachments which is very subjective.  It is a focus area for me to work on and has been for a while.

Any tips that you would care to share?

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4 Responses to Letting Go Leads to Enlightenment?

  1. Eun says:

    Terry,
    Every New Year, I stopped making new year resolutions. Instead, I decided to let go of one thing that hasn’t served me. Sometimes it’s relationships, often materialistic things and lately I find myself letting go of emotional tendencies. Though giving up one of these things seem harder than it sounds I find that it s uplifting and liberating. Last year it was “expectation” from others. This year is “complaining”. It is a work in progress but at least it helps me to live mindfully.

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    • terryshen says:

      So Katie,

      Instead of adding new “to do’s,” you go the opposite direction by shedding baggage that have become irrelevant.

      Below is one of my favorite quotes that matches your approach:

      Besides the noble art of getting things done, there is the noble art of leaving things undone. The wisdom of life consists in the elimination of nonessentials. – Lin Yutang

      Thanks for sharing your comments.

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  2. To let go creates space for something better serving. A great way to start is to clear out the space physically — a closet or drawer…just let it go! I get an immediate sense of lightness when I do this.

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    • terryshen says:

      Good one, Elysha. I like your physically targeting a space for clear out. Very tangible, immediate, and action orieneted. It reminds me of a poster that said cluttered desk is a sign of a cluttered mind. Makes sense. Thanks for sharing.

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