Letting Go Meditation Podcast

August 10, 2007

Someone found this blog by searching on “letting go meditation”. Letting go is an essential element of all of our meditations. While many of them have a focus, such as the breath or awareness of the body, the focus always occurs on a background of letting go, so it made sense to do a meditation with this theme. Even though it’s a variation on other themes I’ve used, such as “simply being”, each theme gives us a slightly different angle and allows us to refine our meditation experience.

Letting go has to do with allowing whatever happens to happen. It has to do with not resisting thoughts, noise, emotions, sensations — not resisting anything. It gets tricky, though, when we try to allow things to happen. If we are in meditation with the intention to allow, chances are we will be manipulating our experience in some way. Everything will be buffered through the filter of the idea of allowing. It’s more a matter of noticing when we are resisting what is happening or trying to manipulate our experience in some way. When resistance or manipulation is noticed, it can be let go of quite naturally.

The value of guided meditation is that it can allow us to let go more, because we don’t so much have the sense that we are steering the process. It can allow us to relax more into the meditative state. Of course, guided meditations can have many different styles and approaches, so I am speaking about my own. Hopefully once you’ve used these meditations for awhile, you will be able to enter into a similar process on your own. If you are meditating on your own, you can always go back to the guided meditations anytime if meditation has become difficult and you need a refresher.

We’d love to hear about your experiences with meditation. Please feel free to comment on the blog!


6 Responses to “Letting Go Meditation Podcast”

  1. a. Horse on August 12th, 2007 10:20 pm

    Well, Hello! –

    I subscribed to your podcast nearly two months ago on a night I had trouble relaxing and falling asleep. Now, your episodes are like my a part of my regimen. I am a very anxiety-ridden person, and I cannot tell you how soothing and calming your voice is, Mary – or your music, Richard. Thank you both for what you do. You have made me actually WANT to sleep again – where before it was the time I dreaded and beat myself up over daily occurrences until I was finally able to rest. Now, I barely have to finish one of your episodes before I’m deeply asleep.

    I could hardly wait to put your latest ‘cast, “Letting Go” on my iPod . . it was like a gift at Christmas! So, thank you both! : )

    With love –
    Annie Horse.

    P.S. My favorite episode is Body Awareness. I’m not sure completely why it is . . besides the fact that Mary’s voice is so candid and soothing it seems. The plane overhead always brings a sweet smile to my face, too! hehe. Your group is so lucky!

  2. Mary on August 13th, 2007 9:03 am

    Hi Annie,

    Thank you so much for taking the time to comment and sharing your experience with the podcast. Richard and I were both so touched to hear how much it has helped. We wish you all the best.

    With love to you from us both!

  3. Laura on December 6th, 2007 10:37 am


    I too have been using one of your meditations to go to sleep, and it has truly changed my sleeping patterns. I listen to your chakra meditation every night at bedtime, and I haven’t needed Melatonin since then! I had not downloaded any other podcasts, but I will definitely do so. Thank you for making a difference in my life!


  4. Mary on December 6th, 2007 2:00 pm

    You are so very welcome, Laura. There’s nothing more rewarding for us to receive comments like yours. How wonderful that your are sleeping better! Wishing you all the best, Mary

  5. maya on October 16th, 2014 3:56 pm

    About this letting go med., I wonder what yoy should do with the worrying thoughts, that makes one unnessary tensed, while it is not happening and might never occur.. so useless thoughts.. should you consider them as ok to happen, not to resist? Then you would stay tensed, while the idea is to let go..
    Hope i made myzelf clearm.
    I am happy i found these exercises, love to listen, very comforting…

  6. Mary on October 17th, 2014 9:58 am

    Good question, maya! Yes, just treat worrying thoughts like any other thoughts. Resisting them makes you much more tense. When you let the resistance go you’ll feel the tension in your body that is actually underneath those thoughts and that helps the tension to dissolve. Also, if you have a smartphone or tablet, you might want to try our At Ease – Anxiety & Worry Relief App. It is especially for anxiety and worry thoughts.

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