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What Are You Resisting?

This self-inquiry can be applied to your practice and brought into other areas of your life.

By Sally Kempton

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When you notice yourself feeling constricted, or stagnant, or stuck—all words to describe the same phenomenon—ask yourself what you are resisting. You'll probably know the answer right away. It might be a change of some kind: perhaps a shift in diet or in your personal practice, or maybe in your attitude toward your family life, your relationships, or yourself.

Once you've noticed the arena of resistance, let yourself feel the sensation of resisting. What does the resistance feel like in your body?

Having reached into the feeling space of resistance, ask yourself, "What do you have to tell me? What is this resistance about? Why are you there?"

Ask the questions and then just wait to see what arises. It may be a feeling, a thought, a belief, or a fear.

Keep asking until you feel that you've sensed as much about the resistance as possible. Feel that you are listening to it.

Then ask the resistance, "What would happen if I let go?" Notice what arises. Then ask yourself, "Would I be willing to let go—just for a moment?" Notice what arises in the wake of the question. There should be a sense of ease and relaxation, perhaps small, perhaps greater than you thought possible.

I've found that as I practice being present to my resistance with this questioning attitude, something does let go. Resistance eases. Just as people want to be heard, so do our psychological states. Sometimes just listening to what your resistance wants to tell you is enough for it to open the gates and free you.

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Pride, self respect, being true to myself, being authentic, having a voice, these feelings are difficult to manage with "letting go"strategy, when is the perfect balance?


Hi kristin, I understand it. It happened so many time. But I keep meditate on the the resistance itself. I keep observing the root cause like is it me who created this or its my husband or its the circumstances. I also meditated on what would be the pros and cons if I keep having this feeling...Sometimes I sit and write to clarify the resistance. It happen that after two or three days I am able to either able to ignore it or I get the solution..


This article is written very well and is very beautiful. Most importantly it is short and precise. .thanks for this article

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