May we learn to be like a river… Mundaka Upanishad

We hold on to many things that we don’t need. Physical objects and Events. Whether they are regrets about what we could have, should have done  OR they are anger, guilt about something that happened in past. 

Whatever we resist it persists. It takes up energy, focus, time – which could be well spent on something else. If we learn to release, embrace and go beyond then we can flow. 

To make room the room for next breath, we can create room by fully letting go of the last breath.

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Let’s today look at how we can reflect on something that consciously or unconsciously are unnecessary holding on to.

A beautiful quote from Mundaka Upanishad inspires us to flow like a river that go through many bends like us going through events in life and then surrenders and meets the ocean.  

“May we learn to be like a river that dances
and sings the songs of the eternal,

traveling and surrendering to the many bends, 
until she finally meets her beloved ocean.” 

Mundaka Upanishad


“यथा नद्यः स्यन्दमानाः समुद्रेऽस्तं गच्छन्ति नामरूपे विहाय । 
तथा विद्वान्नामरूपाद्विमुक्तः परात्परं पुरुषमुपैति दिव्यम् ॥ ८ ॥”

“yathā nadyaḥ syandamānāḥ samudre’staṃ gacchanti nāmarūpe vihāya | 
tathā vidvānnāmarūpādvimuktaḥ parātparaṃ puruṣamupaiti divyam || 8 ||”

“Just as rivers flowing become lost in an ocean, giving up both their name and form, just so, the knower, freed from name and form, attains the bright Purusha which is beyond the avyakta.”

Shankara’s Commentary:

“Com.—Moreover, just as flowing streams such as the Granges and the rest having reached the sea give up their distinct individuality in it, losing both their names and form, so, the knower being freed from name and form, created by ignorance, reaches the resplendent purusha above defined, who is beyond the avyakta already explained.”

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An affirmation can help to remind us and attain the quality of Letting go and flowing. Affirm this by writing it, repeating it: 

“I let go of what’s not needed”




Are you are Ready today to take the step? 

Take a deep breath and while breathing out,

Let go and RELEASE of what is no longer needed!

    Find time to reflect
    Sit comfortably and just focusing on Breathing.
    Notice the natural breathing and the air going in and out
    Once settled, think about an event that happened a long time ago.
    See what thoughts come to mind, how your breath changes, do you feel any sensations.

    Ask yourself, is what I am holding on too, helping me? Is it serving me?
    Remind yourself to make room so next breath can come in.
    Let go as each breath leaves the body.
  3. INTEGRATE: Any time you feel overwhelmed or Anxious, Remember to Breathe and Let go.

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