Letting go

Let yourself fully experience any discomfort, sadness, grief or melancholy that often accompanies a time of transition.

by Stacey Badger — 

Many of us have been told over and over again how important it is to live life with a spirit of non-attachment. And we are told it is not in our best interest to hang on — that when moments arrive in our lives which require us to release and let go, we must learn to jettison the old so we can welcome the new.

But how do we find the courage to welcome the new? How do we release and let go? The mind will do its best to wrap itself over and around the thing or person it does not want to release. As a general rule, most of us do not like change. And yet, as the lyrics of a popular song note, the only thing in life you can be sure of is change.

So how do we let go? How do we release that thing or person from the mind’s grip? To let go of something, whether it is a job or a loved one who has passed on, requires first that we come back to the present moment and accept what is.

Be still. Let yourself fully experience any discomfort, sadness, grief or melancholy that often accompanies a time of transition. Allow yourself to feel anything the present moment brings you. The sooner you feel what is there and allow it to run through you, the more quickly you will release it and let it go.

Many of us are familiar with the popular saying, “When one door closes, another door opens.” If a door closes, know that light will be streaming through the next newly opened door. Align yourself with this light, and you will find soon enough that new energy and opportunity await you.

 

Stacey Badger is a shamanic healer who conducts private sessions and workshops on the mystic’s heart, the dreamtime and shamanic healing. 

Reprinted from AzNetNews, Volume 28, Number 2, Apr/May 2009.

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