63. Keeping a Clean Heart and “Letting Go” at Any Given Time
1 The world we live in requires us to cope with different environments and conditions. What we encounter affects our emotions and can make us happy, angry, sad, or joyful. These emotions, in turn, can lead to other emotions, or affect others.
2 But for your own sake, do not be too excited about happy matters, and do not become pessimistic or too disappointed over sad or worrisome matters. Once you have experienced something, allow the experience to pass without leaving any trace. Let everything go.
3 This is not only referring to “letting it go” while practicing quiet sitting. It should be applied to daily living, as well.
4 Suppose you do quiet sitting four times a day, and sit for one hour each time. It takes four hours of your day. If you cannot “let your thoughts go” at other times when you are not practicing quiet sitting, and you count on quiet sitting as the only time to “let your thoughts go,” then what help can this be to you? Please think about this and see if you agree with me.
5 As you see, “letting go” is very important in daily living. So is purifying the mind. You struggle in the “bitter sea of life” from morning to night, at times you are floating and at times you are sinking. Whether you feel happy or sad, be moderate. Do not overdo.
The Third Teachers and High Level Church Officers Class, July 18, 1991