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Letting Go of Whats Not Working for You

OCTOBER 5, 2012 BY DARMITAGE 6 COMMENTS

From Alberto Villoldos book, The Four Insights, here is a simple exercise that gets you involved in letting go of what you know, or in his terms, practicing beginners mind !hen we practice beginners mind, we learn to let go of our preconceived notions As "esus said, #o enter the kingdom of heaven, you must become like a child !hen we practice the art of letting go, our lives become much simpler when we arent weighed down by the baggage of our stories and our expectations !e stop being $aded and, instead, open ourselves up to the opportunities presented to us #his is a life%changing exercise &ake a commitment to yourself to set time aside for the following exercise as you begin to let go and open yourself to new directions' Achieving Beginners Mind

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