Soften, Open, Release Meditation – Day 2. There is a popular anecdote that illustrates our resistance to release. It’s told as instruction for catching a monkey in India. You take an empty jar with a small opening and fasten it to a surface… fix it in place so it cannot be removed, then place a handful of nuts inside. The monkey puts his hand into the jar and grabs the nuts. He quickly finds that he can’t get his fist full of nuts out through the opening. If the monkey would just let go of the nuts, he could escape. But he won’t. Resistance to release is pretty common in our world. That’s how you catch a monkey. I am not sure if this is true or not… I’ve never tried to catch a monkey in this way, but I certainly have caught my mind refusing to let go!
It is in our nature to cling. We cling to thoughts and criticisms. We cling to emotional highs and lows. We cling to things… our favorite sneakers, for example, long after they should have been tossed. Alas, there is a sense of freedom that follows release – a lightness of being. Watch a dandelion release its seeds. There’s no resistance at all, just the lightness of freedom… afloat on the breeze.
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