What is the true meaning of “Letting go” and 3 tips to achieve it?

As we have already understood what is Vairagya, if you haven’t read that blog post, then you can click here to read it. Vairagya is nothing but detachment from things that otherwise hold you back from focusing on your duties. The mind can focus and concentrate on the essential duties, only when we let go of all the unwanted elements. Attachments only lead to pain and suffering, which in turn distracts the mind. The transition from being overly attached to being detached can be tricky. So how can we develop this attitude of letting go?

Here are 3 tips to achieve the true attitude of Vairagya:

1.  Developing humility by helping people:

There are various ways of how one can develop humility by helping others. This would only lead to strengthening the attitude of Vairagya.

  • You can offer your seat to an elderly person, a pregnant lady, or a woman carrying a child while traveling by public transport.
  • Another good dead could be to help a visually challenged person to cross the road.
  • You shouldn’t derive pleasure by seeing someone you dislike in pain or suffering.
  • Learn to say sorry, as it humbles ourselves.
  • Share your food with those around you.
  • You could give your time and energy to someone in need.

 

2. Controlling the senses:

Yoga is a firm believer in controlling the senses. It propagates to carry out all activities in moderation.

  • Most of us are attached to taste rather than the food type. This leads to overeating and overindulgence. However, we will be able to let go only when we decide to objectively look at food and see its purpose.
  • You must avoid acting upon your impulses.
  • You can limit the time that you spend on entertainment and focus on the work at hand instead. A lot of us are addicted to entertainment at the cost of our duty.
  • Slowly, this will develop an attitude of concentration on something that is actually important and not just for our sensory pleasure.

 

3. Asanas and other techniques:

There are a lot of Yogic techniques and asanas that can help to inculcate this Vairagya Bhava in you.

  • Nishpanda Bhava: This is a simple technique to achieve the ‘motionless state of mind.’ In this, all you have to do is meditate on any sensory organs, without doing any thinking.

 

  • Yogendra Pranayama 4: A simple technique which is also known as Diaphragmatic Breathing. It helps in breathing completely and in a relaxing manner.

 

  • Shavasana: The technique of conscious relaxation and detachment.

 

Try to slowly but steadily imbibe these techniques and practices into your daily routine and you will definitely be able to inculcate the true Vairagya Bhava. All you need to do is take constant conscious efforts to reach your ultimate goal.

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