hand reaching out

“So here’s the problem. I come and say to the teacher, ‘Teach me not to grasp.’ He says ‘Why do you want to know?’ And he shows you that the reason you want to stop grasping is that it’s a new form of grasping.”

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Grasping is part of the human experience. We reach out for knowledge. We want answers to our questions. We hold on to what feels good. We search for Truth.

Not only is the mind constantly grasping or reaching for something, but our senses are too. We search with our eyes to find what we are looking for. We listen carefully to understand or disagree. We taste to discern what it is we are consuming. We reach out with a hand to make sure we are safe. Our bodies lean forward as we pay attention to what is in front of us.

All of this is “doing” with an intention in mind.

There is nothing you can “do” about grasping, but there is something that can be “undone”.

Beyond the thinking mind lies a place of inner knowing. One that we cannot find when we seek it out. Often, this wisdom comes when we are sleeping. (Have you ever woken up in the morning with new insights or a different way of seeing things?) It is revealed when we are open and ready to awaken to the unconscious part of ourselves.

For some people it will appear when they are in a place of worship and wonder. For others they sense it when they are creating, and touch into that deep inner inspiration. For others, it is revealed when they are in nature, and feel part of the beauty and immensity. For more people, it shows itself through the practice of meditation and yoga.

The undoing of grasping comes with new awareness and practice. We may call it letting go, yet it is really letting be. No action required.

Namaste

About Val Boyko

Val Boyko is originally from Scotland and came to the United States over 25 years ago. At "Find Your Middle Ground" Val brings together her experience as a life coach, yoga teacher and mentor, to inspire awakening to the light and inspiration within us all. This blog is a place of exploration and discovery as we all explore finding harmony and peace, in the highs and lows of life 💛

33 comments on “Alan Watt’s Inspiration on Grasping

  1. Yes, yes, yes. Very well said, Val. A wonderful way to begin the day and the week. A potent reminder that we go within or we go without. 🙏🏻💕

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  2. We may call it letting go, yet it is really letting be. No action required

    Beautiful ❤️🙏

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  3. Yes, Val! The thing we desire to hold or capture cannot be held! I know this feeling you speak of and the times I experience it is when I am deep in the middle of a creation…there is peace…no thinking monkey mind…a connection to something beyond ourselves…a direct link with Spirit. I love creating just for the sake of creating, but to make this connection with the Magnificence of Creation…well…that is an incredible added bonus.
    Happy New Year, Val. I hope things are going well for you and that peace touches your soul ❤

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  4. On Mon, Jan 10, 2022 at 11:51 AM Find Your Middle Ground wrote:

    > Val Boyko posted: ” “So here’s the problem. I come and say to the teacher, > ‘Teach me not to grasp.’ He says ‘Why do you want to know?’ And he shows > you that the reason you want to stop grasping is that it’s a new form of > grasping.” Photo by Kindel Media on Pexels.com ” >

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  5. Great one, Val! I never before realized that wanting to stop grasping is another form of grasping. Oh my goodness!

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  6. It is so much ado about everything dear lady…to only realize it is in letting it all just be ❤️ 🙏🏽 🦋

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  7. No action required – such simplicity and deep wisdom in this!

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  8. The knowing mind vs the thinking mind. I pay the closest attention to the knowing mind. I can’t think my way out of a paper bag with a hole in it. It’s that knowing when you don’t know how you know that is always so incredible. Grasping is like holding onto sand for me. It just has no substance. Love how you explain this.

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  9. Human Being

    True

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  10. Often, this wisdom comes when we are sleeping. (Have you ever woken up in the morning with new insights or a different way of seeing things?) ~> Yup. Just this morning I woke up with a solution to a “problem” that I hadn’t even been wrestling with . . . the thought was a subtle nudge (“give this a try and see if it works”) . . . it worked! 😀

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  11. I like the letting be as opposed to letting go…

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  12. Thank you for this, Val. I think of it as the deepest form of listening I can experience. Even though I find it incredibly valuable I still forget to time for it sometimes. Thanks for the reminder.
    Wishing you wellness,
    Ali

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  13. Ahh, such a refreshing discussion on life, my friend. It’s a tricky balance to love life so much but to not squeeze it too hard. Many thanks, Val.

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  14. “We may call it letting go, yet it is really letting be.” Beautiful reminder, Val. ❤

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  15. This is why I love Zen, though I am not an official anything on this end. Grasping at non grasping. Attachment to non-attachment. And so on. Humans are a complex, complex lot! 😜❤️

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