July 23, 2009

Letting Go

The Buddhist notion of non-attachment is probably one of the most challenging concepts for Westerners to wrap their heads around. I know for me, it’s a constant battle to remember that the people, places, things that provoke prolonged—and potentially debilitating—emotional responses, as well as the things that I place a value on, are not actually “real.”

As time passes, though, and the longer I spend at Tricycle, it's nice to notice that my emotions come and go very quickly, and trip me up less and less. Still, I notice that certain items, habits, cling more than others.

Judy Lief addresses letting go as the Dharma Talk from the Fall 2006 issue of Tricycle.

What has been the most difficult thing for you to let go of?

image from the Fall 2003 issue of Tricycle

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Julia May's picture

I have the hardest time letting go of my need to analyze every single thought and emotion that surfaces. When I *can* let go of analysis, I actually touch greater wisdom. But that seems to happen most after very long sitting sessions and retreats, and not frequently during daily life. The result is my mind can sometimes feel weary, on-edge and easily irritated. I wish I could let go of that constant need to make life make sense.