First we need to reduce our attachment. There is a simple exercise that you might find helpful. Take something you value — gold, silver, jewelry — and hold it in your right hand; then "give" it to the left, saying "I'm giving this up." Then offer it back to the right hand. From one hand to the other, repeatedly give it away.

It may sound simplistic, but in this small, humorous way, we can begin to break down the habit of holding on to things. We mentally practice giving them up again and again.

Chagdud Tulku in Change of Heart by Chagdud Tulku, Lama Shenpen Drolma