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Letting Go

One of the hardest truths in life is that we don't have control over anything, and things almost never work out how we think. Allowing ourselves to find the comfort in discomfort is one of the greatest tools we can teach ourselves, though I believe is a lifetime practice and is never perfected. Letting go, releasing the efforting and surrendering to the unseen is where we find our solid footing. The only consistency we can count on is change itself. So how do we stay in the eye of the storm? How do we keep our feet on the ground amidst the tornado of our emotions? The truth is that there is no one answer but it often starts with silence and stillness. Coming home to self.

When we connect to the truth that nothing in this world is ours and is simply borrowed from someone who once possessed it before us and will be treasured by someone after us, there is something that makes it a bit sweeter and more precious. What if, in the present moment, we did recognize that everything is temporary. Would we view it a little differently? We so easily take this beautiful world we are blessed to experience, for granted.


The practice of non-attachment and letting go can allow us to walk in a more present state of gratitude and appreciation for what we do have in our lives in this very moment. You know that saying, you don't know what you have until it's gone. We have all experienced that to some degree. Now, what if we DID appreciate all that we have and fully allowed ourselves to cherish each and every moment with the things we hold dear to us? Part of the suffering we experience in having to let something or someone go, is possible the truth that we feel a bit guilty because we didn't appreciate it, love it, cherish it or care for it in the way our soul wanted to, and we then wish we had more time to do it right. Or we are attached to the way having it our lives, makes us feel.


“Living in the moment means letting go of the past and not waiting for the future. It means living your life consciously,

aware that each moment you breathe is a gift.”

~ Oprah Winfrey


There is so much information out there about how we can do more and be more, but what about doing less and relaxing deeply into what is, just as it is. That space between the inhale and exhale. Maybe we can start celebrating that moment.


  • What if we started looking at all the things, opportunities and people in this new light of, what if this was my last moment to treasure it?

  • What if we hold the perspective of decreasing the clutter in our lives instead of attaining?

  • What if we participated in the practice of freeing ourselves from our attachment to things. Be it, material, ideas, expectations, outdated perspectives or even people?

  • What if we were so saturated in the present moment that there wasn't any room for the fear of loss because our mind was filled with the love and joy of cherishing it for all that it is and is not?

  • What if we let go of trying to be clever or brilliant and just allowed ourselves to be ordinary, even for just a day.


Do you care to join me in a practice letting go and surrendering? What if we put 5 items that we believe we own and possess into circulation for others to enjoy. Then find one item that we are particularly attached to and release that as well. Notice the joy that you feel, and the ease that comes from realizing everything we possess is only temporary. Notice the discomfort we feel from our attachment. Be curious about where that is coming from. We were always just borrowing it. Then notice the joy we can feel knowing that someone else will get to enjoy what we once loved dearly.


Suffering is nothing more than wishing things were different than they are. remaining in the present moment with a heart of love and gratitude is the remedy.


Often, when we are faced with letting something go, as scary or difficult as it is, the unseen story being told is that it's to make room for something better and more in alignment with who we are becoming. Allow the process of transition, often our suffering comes more from our own imposed resistance to the change rather than the actual change itself. Remember, everything is happening for you, not to you.


All the love,

Pamela

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