by Peter Russell

Letting go, on the other hand, brings relief. The mind relaxes, and free from tension and the energy that went into holding on, we feel more at ease. We see things as they are without any overlay of fear or anxiety. We are more open to others, and to love. We realize that what we were seeking by holding on — safety, happiness, joy, peace of mind — was there all along. But our holding on veiled its presence.

Letting go can take many forms: letting go of fixed beliefs or points of view, letting go of being right, letting go of ego, letting go of the past or expectations of the future, letting go of attachments to possessions or relationships, letting go of judgments and grievances, letting go of unhealthy emotions, letting go of assumptions about how things should or should not be.


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Excerpted from the book, Letting Go of Nothing. Copyright © 2021 by Peter Russell. Reprinted with permission from New World Library. Peter Russell earned degrees in theoretical physics, psychology, and computer science at the University of Cambridge in England, where he studied for a time with Stephen Hawking. He studied meditation and Eastern philosophy in India and later conducted research into the neurophysiology of meditation. He coined the term global brain with his 1980s bestseller of the same name (100,000 copies sold), in which he predicted the internet and the impact it would have on humanity. He lives in Northern California. For more information visit

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