Real Meditation and Learning to Let Go

Real meditation is not about mastering a technique; it’s about letting go of control. This is meditation. Anything else is actually a form of concentration. Meditation and concentration are two different things. Concentration is a discipline; concentration is a way in which we are actually directing or guiding or controlling our experience.

Meditation is letting go of control, letting go of guiding our experience in any way whatsoever. Learn more about letting go of control from a master, here:

For a human being to let go of control is actually an immense thing. It sounds easy to say, “Just let go of control.” But for most human beings, our entire psychological structure, our entire psychological self, our egos, are made up almost entirely of control. To ask a mind or an ego to let go of control, then, is a revolutionary idea. When we let go, even for a moment, certain hidden fears and hesitations arise. “What if I let go of control,” the mind says, “and nothing happens? What if I sit down to meditate, letting everything be as it is, and nothing happens?” This is usually why we grab on to some technique or to some discipline, because the mind is afraid that if it lets go of control, nothing will happen.

What I am suggesting in True Meditation is that we actually see, that we look at meditation as a way to investigate. True Meditation really isn’t a new technique so much as it is a way of investigating for yourself–in your own body, in your own mind, upon your own authority, upon the authority of your own experience–what happens when you start to relinquish control and allow everything to be as it is. What happens when you allow your experience to be exactly as it is without trying to change it. Instead of a technique, True Meditation is actually a means of investigation. What happens when we actually let go of control and manipulation?

Adapted from True Meditation, by Adyashanti (Sounds True, 2006). Copyright (c) 2006 by Adyashanti. Reprinted by permission of Sounds True.
Adapted from True Meditation, by Adyashanti (Sounds True, 2006).


Magdika Cecilia Perez

thank you

Elena T.
Elena Poensgen3 years ago

Thank you :)

Val M.
Val M.3 years ago


Summerannie Moon
Summerannie M.3 years ago

Thanks for the article.

Michael Wecke
Michael Wecke3 years ago

Meditation is painful in the beginning but it bestows immortal Bliss and supreme joy in the end.
(Swami Sivananda )

From personal experience I recommend learning TM (Transcendental Meditation). For Westerners so easy to learn, so easy to do and yet so very effective in calming and energising the mind. You'll be sure to find a TM Centre not too far away from you.

Duane B.
.3 years ago

Thank you for sharing.

Danuta Watola
Danuta Watola3 years ago

Thanks for the information.

Julie W.
Jules W.3 years ago

Thanks for the article, Annie,

susan k.
susan k.3 years ago

I like it I 'll try thanks

Donna Hamilton
Donna Hamilton4 years ago