The Practice of Living Awareness
STEP FIVE: SOFTEN, OPEN, AND RELEASE
The flow of receiving continues in Step 5 by going into the experience of release. Release requires softening and opening as well - our lungs prove this every time we breathe. Sharing, adjusting, allowing, giving, forgiving, recognizing, and accepting all incorporate aspects of Steps 4 and 5. Release makes flow possible by creating space for the new. We are given many opportunities for release during a meditation sitting - the experience can move from settling to presence to the sublime.
Receiving gives way to releasing and natural cycles live on.
There is freedom within the act of releasing. It creates space.
Nothing Lasts Forever
It takes great effort to cling to things in the material world.