Every moment of mindfulness is a moment of letting go.

Any time that you bring non-judgmental awareness to your experience, whether in meditation or daily life, you are practicing the ability to not be “caught” by your experience. You are training yourself to observe a judgmental thought, rather than indulge in it; to feel and allow space for a difficult emotion, rather than reacting to it; to be fully present for another person when you’re listening to them, rather than holding on so tightly to what you want to say next.

These are all moments of surrendering to presence; moments of loosening the grip of our normal conditioning; moments of bringing spacious, response awareness to an experience rather than tight reactivity.