For the next two weeks we can use our trusty recorders to let go some things that have been keeping our cups full. In practicing letting go, we open to receiving, embodying, and offering compassionate awareness.
This is a self-guided R/L Practice Intensive. Each day, read the prompt first thing in the morning. You may want to print it out and post it where you will see it frequently, carry it in your pocket, or record it. Throughout the day, practice with this prompt. Record at least once what you see.
Today's topic: Day 1
Being the right, good person
You have been taught that there is something wrong with you and that you are imperfect, but there isn't and you're not. (Cheri Huber)
Today, practice letting go the idea there is such a thing as the right, good person and you are not one of those. Experience your innate goodness and celebrate unconditional love and acceptance for all that you are. R/L.
Today's topic: Day 2
Doing the right, good thing
The Guide says, "It's not what you do, it's how you do it." Today, can you practice letting go of thinking there is a right way to do something? Bring patience, love, joy, caring, and kindness to your actions. R/L your experience.
Today's topic: Day 3
"But listen to me. For one moment quit being sad. Hear blessings dropping their blossoms around you." Rumi
When attention is focused on what is missing in our lives (or ourselves), there is a feeling of scarcity. Today, let go of "not enough." Set a timer to ring every hour and pause to report on the blessings that you notice. Add to the recording each time the alarm goes off.
Today's topic: Day 4
Wanting it to be different from how it is (Life, Me, Others)
Nonacceptance is always suffering, no matter what you are not accepting. Acceptance is always freedom, no matter what you are accepting. -Cheri Huber
Today, let's let go of wanting anything to be different from how it is - ourselves, our lives, other people. Draw a circle of acceptance. R/L your experience of inclusion.
Today's topic: Day 5
We never get an A when conditioning does the assessment. Today, practice "no reviews." Instead, stay present to the joy of thisherenow.
Today's topic: Day 6
Today, drop "rehearsing your performance" with conditioned mind. Try improv instead! 1. Always respond "yes, and..." 2. Don't prepare. 3. Enjoy the ride! R/L
Today's topic: Day 7
Illusion of Control
Control, which is an illusion, is overrated. Life has much better ideas for us than we could ever imagine for ourselves.
- Cheri Huber
Today, practice letting go the illusions of control and accepting the perfection of Life unfolding in things "big" and "small." Record your experiences of no-control each time you let it go, and listen!
Today's topic: Day 8
Urgency is always from conditioned mind. Life is never urgent! Today, stop and record "Life is never urgent" each time you hear ego bark "hurry up!" It'll drive ego crazy and delight the heart!
Today's topic: Day 9
Just for today, pick one procrastination-habit to let go: surfing the Internet, feeling bad, listening to conditioned mind, etc. Each time you hear "do it later," drop it and come back to the breath. Record how it feels NOT to let procrastination (aka ego) direct your life.
Today's topic: Day 10
Today, be on the lookout for the sensations, beliefs and emotions that stem from pet peeves. Imagine those socks left on the floor are there for your awakening. How does that attitude change your energy, your outlook on life? Record about a day of sidestepping those usual irritations. R/L
Today's topic: Day 11
Stop acting so small. You are the universe in ecstatic motion. Rumi
Today, notice how the voices limit "who" and what you are. Let go the belief that you are the limited ego-I and practice embodying being awareness in blissful movement. R/L
Today's topic: Day 12
"When you realize how perfect everything is, you will tilt your head back and laugh at the sky." The Buddha
The "self" cannot be improved because it does not exist. It's an illusion. Today, practice laughing at the sky in acknowledgement of how perfectly Life is animating you. Simply ignore the voices that say you need to be different, fixed, or changed. R/L
Today's topic: Day 13
Nothing authentic wants a holiday from existence. Awareness is always joyfully "on." Why miss the glorious experience of Life unfolding through an instant of inattention? -Cheri Huber
Today, practice letting go of noodling! Let Life decide. Practice tuning in to the Intelligence That Animates and surrender to Life's will. R/L
Today's topic: Day 14
"Be curious, not judgmental." Walt Whitman
Judgment separates. Today practice curiosity as an antidote to judgment. Notice how the absence of judgment and criticism opens the doors to kindness and compassion. R/L