Monday, April 15, 2013

Letting Go

“Letting go doesn’t mean we don’t care.  Letting go doesn’t mean we shut down.  Letting go means we stop trying to force outcomes and make people behave.  It means we give up resistance to the way things are for the moment.  It means we stop trying to do the impossible–controlling that which we cannot–and instead, focus on what is possible–which usually means taking care of ourselves.  And
we do this in gentleness, kindness, and love, as much as possible.”
— Melody Beattie

Our development as a human is a letting go, from the moment of birth to the ending of the ending of our physical life.  Unfortunately, we spend our live accumulating things, as well as patterns of living and traumas that are useless and even damaging.  We tend to be neurotic as humans, and we accumulate resentments, fears, and unhappiness.  We easily become lost in obsessions and addictions, all of which seem beyond our ability to control. 

Control is elusive.  When you grasp and hold on to something, instead of letting go, you set yourself up for anger, sadness, anxiety, or shame.  If you let go, you open the gates for awakening from this life’s slumber and your private purgatory.
It is paramount to let go of the detritus you have become accustomed to in your life - your accumulated dysfunctions, your traumas, and your striving to be what you are not.  The very core of your being cries out, asking you to open your willingness and acceptance of not only what befalls you here, but also what has been with you since the beginning.  Your growing awareness brings with it a recognition that our brief life here is not all that exists, that there are mysteries we cannot comprehend that constitute the absolute reality of who we are – a living spirit with a purpose for living and a desire to emanate love.  But first, we have to let go of the garbage!
Seek these unseen and uncharted depths of your self, let go of the dross and refuse in your life, and renew a loving connection with God, others, and all that is.

-- Pete

1 comment:

jan said...

The problem with trying to "let go" is that sometimes our problems won't let go of us. Letting go can feel a lot like denial.