Altman’s calming book on mindfulness reminds us that letting go doesn’t mean we don’t care, it’s just that we are no longer invested in building a brick wall to keep things from changing.
But it’s hard. Any experience of letting go is a death. It’s an opening to our own mortality. An acknowledgement of that which is no longer.
Here are a few examples from my own experience. Think about which ones might apply to you.
Stubbornly reasserting our faulty vision in the face of mounting contradictory evidence.
Blindly persisting in being the way we are even when it doesn’t work.
Preciously holding onto old pillars of our identity that no longer support the weight of our newly expanded self.
Adamantly refusing to let go of strategies that have previously helped us but no longer apply.
Firmly adhering to our rigid definition of the universe no matter how many times we were proven wrong.
It’s scary. Each of these moments is a death of something. Or someone, as it were.
But the good news is, the more we practice surrendering, the more we begin to sense what letting go means. And the more liberated we become.
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What is something that served you in other parts of your life that is useless now?
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