"Only you know what you need to relinquish in your own life. We all need to work on our tendencies to be greedy, acquisitive, angry, jealous, manipulative, or overly dependent. Every little renunciation of every self-defeating habit or thought process makes the next one easier. We begin to feel lighter. We begin to feel energized. We begin to see more clearly. We begin to find what we are looking for. We actually feel different, and it's extremely satisfying."

To Practice: Try visualizing renunciation as the chipping away day by day at some of your worst habits. See how it feels to be lighter.

Lama Surya Das in Awakening to the Sacred: Creating a Spiritual Life from Scratch