AHYMSIN newsletter, issue - June 2011  

A Letting Be Concept

by Denise

After the workshop today I went for a walk up to the top of Mount Lofty and explored the notion of making the exhale active, and was pondering how this affects my concept of Letting Go being an action.  I realised that with my recent understanding that instead of Letting Go I would Let Be, I was getting a bit ahead of myself. 

Whilst walking up Lofty I realised that by making the exhale active it wasn't so much that I was making Letting Go an action but more importantly was not making the inhale (or the bringing in of "stuff") the complete focus without any effort or awareness being put into the exhale - so in other words not making all my efforts on gaining stuff without creating space for this stuff to come in by letting go of other stuff. 

The other side to this is that by being so focused on bringing stuff in I am not allowing things to come into my life freely and effortlessly from the "flow" of life - there is no room for this natural flow to come in.  So now I understand why the focus needs to be shifted to the exhale (and letting go) until such time that it become a natural action - I allow stuff to come in and I then let it go.  And from here the concept of Letting Be can be embraced, and not just for the exhale/letting go but also for the inhale or those things that we bring or allow into our life - trusting that what comes in is right for us and for us to Let it Be. 

The Letting Be is to be embraced with both the creation and the release - actually I believe Letting Be goes even further and covers all of the breath - Letting Be is the space between the breath, that stillness where there is neither creation nor release - with practice we can hold this stillness or Letting Be as the breath moves again, we can remain in a state of Letting Be as the creation and release of life flows. 

The other realisation I had was that when the trail got very steep and my breath was laboured, the more I focused on the exhale the easier it became, there were certainly times when I wanted to make the inhale active (this felt like a fear of not having enough breath) - but I remained disciplined and kept with the exhale which made the journey so much easier and more enjoyable. 

From this I understood that when life brings in challenges and all I want to do is get more stuff or people to make me "happy" again, instead of focusing on this I should focus on that which is causing me to feel "unhappy" and Let the attachment to this being any different Go - simply change the focus to the exhale/Letting Go rather than on the inhale/making things better by covering the unhappiness with bringing in stuff.  Then when life settles or the track becomes less steep I can go back to Letting It Be.

And lastly.....Inhale/Creating - Rajas.....Exhale/Letting Go - Tamas.....Space between the breath/Letting Be - Sattva

And further to my Mountaintop contemplation, I have been thinking about your comment about Aiming our arrows - and this almost seemed like the missing piece to the my Letting Be concept (or as you have put so beautifully:  Let Be, Let Flow, Let Go and Grow) - the Aim becomes like a foundation that anchors our Letting Be, gives it grounding. As it is with the postures, the Aiming of the Arrow is the Alignment of the body, which gives us grounding.  So first we align (Aim) and then let the breath lead us deeper into the beauty of the posture or beauty of Life.

Editor’s note:  Denise is from Adelaide, Australia, and attended the April workshops in Australia with Swami Ritavan Bharati.  To read about these workshops, please visit this link Himalayan Yoga Meditation Society of Australia is an AHYMSIN affiliated center.  We invite you to visit their website