Let It Go

The exhale is the most important part of the breathing process. Until we let go of what’s we’re holding, we can’t replenish with a much-needed fresh supply.

Letting go is not easy, for a whole variety of reasons. Primarily because whatever we have taken in, consumed, nurtured was done for a reason. It’s hard and scary to let go of what we know, and to have faith- often times blind faith- that a better way is coming. It’s confusing; we can have great use for something for a time, and get affirmation of its efficacy. Then not only does it not serve us anymore, it becomes a liability. Kind of like carbon monoxide.

We need to go easy on ourselves. Understand our old ways. Observe them. Honor them. Even be grateful for them… And then forgive ourselves- for becoming too attached and being afraid to let them go.
Trust that the Enlightened Ones were onto something:

“Once you have crossed the river, leave the raft behind. This is the way I have taught you.” (Buddha, The Majjhima Nikaya Sutra)

“Buddhism teaches that joy and happiness arise from letting go. Please sit down and take an inventory of your life. There are things you’ve been hanging on to that really are not useful and deprive you of your freedom. Find the courage to let them go.” (Thích Nhất Hạnh, Peace Is Every Breath)

“When I let go of what I am, I become what I might be.” (Lao-Tzu)


This Week's Practice, ("The Work", by Byron Katie):

Every time you do ‘The Work’ you are becoming enlightened to who and what you are, the true nature of being. To question what you believe is an amazing gift to give yourself, and you can have it all the days of your life. The answers are always inside you, just waiting to be heard.

And the questions: Is it true? Can you absolutely know the it’s true? How do you react, what happens when you believe that thought? Who would you be without that thought?

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These are wonderful questions to consider. And as we do in meditation, let go of trying to solve them, and just be with them. And breathe. You’ll be amazed by what comes up, when you let it.

This Week's Musical Inspiration:

Maybe it’s time to let the old ways die
Maybe it’s time to let the old ways die
It takes a lot to change a man
Hell, it takes a lot to try
Maybe it’s time to let the old ways die

Nobody knows what waits for the dead
Nobody knows what waits for the dead
Some folks just believe in the things they’ve heard
And the things they read
Nobody knows what awaits for the dead

I’m glad I can’t go back to where I came from
I’m glad those days are gone, gone for good
But if I could take spirits from my past and bring’ ’em here
You know I would, you know I would

Nobody speaks to God these days
Nobody speaks to God these days
I’d like to think he’s looking down and laughing at our ways
Nobody speaks to God these days

When I was a child they tried to fool me
Said the worldly man was lost and that the hell was real
Well, I’ve seen hell in Reno
And this world’s one big ol’ Catherine wheel
Spinnin’ still

Maybe it’s time to let the old ways die
Maybe it’s time to let the old ways die
It takes a lot to change your plans
And a train to change your mind
Maybe it’s time to let the old ways die
Oh, maybe it’s time to let the old ways die

~ Bradley Cooper

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