Let Go and Be Secrets For A Happier Life 7-20-2018

I pulled back the throttle and the boat slowed. When I got to neutral I decided to let the boat drift and turned off the engine. Suddenly all became quiet. The sound and vibration stopped and an immediate awareness of quiet and floating was born.

We were boating on Smith Mountain Lake in Huddleston VA.  The sky was crystal clear, deep blue with white fluffy clouds in the mid eighties. With the engine off and the boat slightly swaying side to side I started to think or contemplate how nice it was to be there and how beautiful the scene of mountains, lake and sky appeared before me.
Then the thought or more of a sensation of insight struck me.
Why would I choose to sit here and think about wanting to feel in a particular way when I can just let go and be?
For a moment it seemed perfectly reasonable and simple to just let go and be.  To be here, now, in this moment just as I am.  To let go and more directly experience the sights, sounds and sensations of the the boat swaying, the white clouds floating in a deep blue sky and reflection of light from the smooth flowing ripples on the surface of the lake.  And then my mind started to explore and comment on the experience I was having.  My mind started to compare this experience with other lakes and mountains. I reapplied letting go and drifted back towards the more direct experience of just being, just sitting and just looking.  I noticed that there was a sensation a physical component to the watching. I relaxed into the slight perception of sensation that felt like a softening of the inside of my body.  This was almost a softening or relaxing of muscle tone or tension that corresponded to a concurrent relaxation of my mind’s thinking about what I was seeing. In a way I was like a camera that was “seeing” moment by moment; still frame by still frame with no thoughts in between.  No thinking no interpretation and no comparisons. It was refreshing. I found myself for a few moments bouncing the relaxation of muscle tone or tension up and back with seeing moment by moment.
Like water swept away that seeps back into itself my habitual thoughts of comparison and interpretation and even happiness found their way back into my awareness. Although this was enjoyable it was drawing me away from the actual experience of being on the lake.  If I were to only use my thoughts about being on the lake I could be anywhere.  The experience of being there on the lake was deeper and more direct that the thinking about it.  Yet it was difficult to remain with the direct experience of seeing, hearing and feeling.
Hold that thought.
Most of us have a tendency to want to hold on to what we like and push away what we do not like. We are having one experience after the other all day with a continual voice in our head telling us that we like something or do like that something.  We would like to be able to let go of what we choose not to think about but often cannot.  This is because half the time we are trying to hold on to what we like. However, if we exercise and practice with our mind’s muscle of letting go we can develop the ability. As it turns out it is easier to let go of what we want than to let go of what we do not want.  Once you are able to do one the other will follow.
Going back to the boat, sky, clouds and water. I found that the physical component of relaxing muscle tone or tension created a concurrent softening or letting go of my mind’s thoughts.  It seems that we may have more ability to voluntarily relax and soften a muscle that relax our mind.
Try this to practice:
Find something you enjoy doing and flow into a more direct experience of it.  If eating something notice the direct sights, sounds, smell, taste and sensations that are present. Try relaxing into the experience especially by softening your general muscle tone.  You might try a few deep breaths in and a long sigh as you let the air flow out.  Practice to develop a feeling for the relaxation of muscle body tone.
As you develop muscle memory for this relaxation of body tone you will be able to activate it to relax your mind and let the returning swept in thoughts melt away.
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