Slowly but surely, I am coming to embrace what “letting go” really means in a more healthy sense. “letting go” is a phrase I have often seen on my spiritual journey, in many books, and in many teachings. I am just now beginning to realize why I have always had such a profound struggle with it. Until this point, I tended to follow my “letting go” with closing. It was almost a defense mechanism. (I suppose it is inappropriate for me to write about this in the past tense, since I am in the larval stages of grasping this very important concept, and just now allowing it to permeate my awareness. It can also partly be a bad writing habit – mixing tenses – that I have not been able to shake since grammar school!) Spiritually speaking, “letting go” relates to nonattachment. We “let go” by not grasping. This is applicable to anything and everything in out lives – emotions, thoughts, people, material objects, etc. Attachment, afterall, leads to suffering. Where I personally miss the big picture is how I follow my “letting go.” As I stated before, I close down. I shut down. Could it be self-protection? Sure. But from what, I don’t know. Disappointment, rejection, fear, insecurity? All possibilities. What I am finally starting to get is that “letting go” actually creates an opening, a space. When I am mindful of this process, there are so many potentially positive alternatives to fill this new space with. There are the basics – love, acceptance, compassion – depending on what I am “letting go” of. Or, I can just let the space be empty, let it be filled with what ever possibilities present themselves. Remaining open after letting go allows me to open to the richness and potential of the moment, this moment. Easier said than done? You bet. That is one of the many reasons why I call it “a practice,” because it is only by consciously engaging this concept over and over, that I hope to finally one day get it.
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Without deviation from the norm,
progress is not possible.
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-- Kahlil Gibran
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