Letting Go

ImageAccording to yogic philosophy when we cling or attach ourselves to thoughts, fears, material items etc., we are only setting ourselves up for pain, loss and sorrow.  True happiness comes from within, not from seeking objects outside of ourselves.  Our attachment to material things, people, and experiences draws us away from freedom and connection to Self.

Essentially we have no control over anyone or anything.  The only thing we have control over is our own thoughts and how we chose to respond to any given situation.Letting go is perhaps one of the most challenging things to do.  We hear it in yoga class all of the time- “relax and let go” “get rid of what is not serving you”…..easier said than done. Being able to let go means trusting that something greater than yourself (the universe, god, higher power) will take care of you or the situation.    Is there a situation, circumstance or thing you are attaching to and is it possible to let it go? Can you give it up to something greater and trust that you will be supported and taken care of?  As the heaviness of winter ends and the lightness ofspring approaches, why not lighten your energetic load and give yourself permission to let go.  Maybe some of these quotes can help…..they are always good reminders for me.

“When one door closes another door opens; but we so often look so long and so regretfully upon the closed door, that we do not see the ones which open for us.” – Alexander Graham Bell

“Some of us think holding on makes us strong, but sometimes it is letting go.” — Herman Hesse

“One problem with gazing too frequently into the past is that we may turn around to find the future has run out on us.” – Michael Cibenko

All the art of living lies in a fine mingling of letting go and holding on.” – Havelock Ellis

“There’s no need to miss someone from your past- There’s a reason they didn’t make it to your future” – Unknown

“Death leaves a heartache no one can heal, love leaves a memory no one can steal.” –Headstone

“Every exit is an entry somewhere.” –Tom Stoppard

“Hanging onto resentment is letting someone you despise live rent-free in your head.” –Ann Landers

“We need in love to practice only this: letting each other go. For holding on comes easily–we do not need to learn it.” – Rainer Maria Rilke

“Every breath is an opportunity to receive and let go. I receive love and I let go of pain.” –Brenda MacIntyre

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

“Sometimes you have to let go to see if there was anything worth holding on to.” –Anonymous

“Don’t cry because it’s over. Smile because it happened.” – Dr. Seuss

“We must be willing to let go of the life we have planned, so as to accept the life that is waiting for us.” – Joseph Campbell

“The Tao Te Ching says, When I let go of what I am, I become what I might be. When I let go of what I have, I receive what I need. Have you ever struggled to find work or love, only to find them after you have given up? This is the paradox of letting go. Let go, in order to achieve. Letting go is God’s law.” – Mary Manin Morrissey


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