By stephan trefzer, Aug 8 2015 08:03AM

Letting Go is a temporary release that can occur in either the mind or the body but affect both simultaneously or in other words when something releases in the body it also releases in the mind.

It can happen spontaneously and is most commonly associated with yoga but it is also an aspect talked about in other traditions. When the letting go happens it often has a very deep effect on the individual, is very insightful and leaves an immediate imprint in ones memory. However what happens after that event is very interesting and if not pointed out it's not seen...Letting Go then becomes a technique or a practice. It is being used as an instruction to let go of 'stuff' no longer wanted or therefore disliked in ones life. 'Stuff' that is seen as annoying and keeps happening and then letting go becomes a mental repetition like a mantra...'I must let go of this' etc. We look at aspects of our life that we are dissatisfied with or feel pain and tell 'it' to let go....but that then no longer works because the mind it trying to reproduce the effect experienced from that event when it occurred naturally and spontaneously when temporarily no wish of 'trying to get rid of stuff' was involved. The first reaction to anything that we are not happy with is rejection, interestingly enough not many consider integration and when suggested it is not seen as normal. Letting go is then used to get rid of anything unwanted.

The true letting go happens when all that we reject or wish was different is totally integrated as part of our manifestation.

By stephan trefzer, Aug 27 2012 07:31AM

The physical practice of Yoga and everything I share is an expression of my inexpressible love that I feel inside.

By stephan trefzer, Aug 22 2012 02:31PM

Complexity of Asana is not just visually difficult looking postures. That is just one aspect of complexity...

By stephan trefzer, Jul 18 2012 01:10PM

Imagine the following....:

Imagine the world as a game that you are about to enter as a player.

Before entering the game you, the player, is free of everything and have total Knowledge of everything, unconfined to space and time, You are eternal. You know the objective of the game is to realise or remember that you are All-Knowing.

The game that you are about to play has been given certain parameters, like thoughts, emotions, memory, the law of nature and so on. Before playing you know that nothing and nobody actually affects you and you cannot affect anything around you but to make the game more interesting and challenging once you enter it all that you Know will be forgotten. So all ‘appears’ to affect you. Each player has his or her own plan to reach the goal and often we find ourselves in circumstances that perhaps are very challenging at times but this is due to the players choice. This all adds to make the game appear as confusing as possible. In some ways you could say that it’s testing your diligence and dedication to remember the Truth but in Truth non of it is actually happening. We are all single players in a game that appears to be a multi player game. We are all blaming, judging, loving and critisising others. When we stop doing that and look at ourselves we can actually see that we are the builder of our own world.

By stephan trefzer, Jun 23 2012 02:38PM

What is the process of concentration, and how can we become aware of it more fully?

How to go about it? Let us get some direct experience. Firstly choose something to concentrate on. This can be the breath, a picture or anything else, then try to focus on it now.... How long before you were distracted? A few seconds? ...maybe, if we were lucky. Now, do it again for 30 seconds and in that time try to become aware of how many times you have been distracted and how many times you had to start again? ....quite a few times right? That is the actual process. You focus on something, then you loose the focus, you have to re-focus, start again or bring back your focus - however you want to phrase it. This process is called concentrating or concentration.

This is one of so many reasons why I love Hatha Yoga so much. Because during this practice we can study the process, and the more we practice the more this process will be strengthened.

In my experience, this is the perfect ‘training ground’ to do it in because there is so much going on and you can choose many things to focus on. In addition, as we begin to explore our boundaries, the breath begins to intensify. The moment that happens you have two choices; either you ‘drop away’ and stop or back off, or you choose to continue. If you continue you will suddenly experience an increase of mental activity because the mind is not happy with the intensity, and then at that point you need to increase your effort of concentration - it goes hand in hand with the breath. What happens is that as the physical challenge increases so does the breath. With the increased mental activity you have to ‘attach’ your concentration to the breath and then you can see how concentration improves. The repeated effort over time will strengthen the process of concentration. It will also increase your discipline because you have learnt not to back off so easily. You will have ‘seen’ that if you persevere, intensity will decrease and you will then also see the ‘golden middle path’ of non-effort in effort, and an easefulness will then come into your practice because you also have to ‘let go’ on another level.

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