Letting Go


When I let go of the unnecessary, I realized that I had no need for these things. It was hard at first, of course, but it became easy as I let go and forgot. I often think of a meditative practice that a teacher once taught me:

Write a problem on a mental piece of paper. Focus on your breathing. Fold the paper into a shape and either let it float down the river of your conscience. Let it go easily and gently down the stream. Another way to do this is to put it in the fire in your heart and let it burn. Let the ashes and smoke float out of your nostrils with your breath.”

This principle about meditation not only applies to being mindful of our attachment to problems in our lives but also applies to living with less and letting go of our attachment to stuff.

What happens when we let go of those things and allow them to flow from our mind and out of our lives? When we are able to let go of these things we realize that they were just problems troubling our lives and weighing us down. When we let go we are able to see more clearly. We have one less thing to weigh us down and cloud our vision.

We can finally break free from that thing and move on to what really matters. We allow ourselves the freedom to see a brighter future and clear a path for our passions and doing what we truly love. With practice, mindfulness and determination, we can learn to let go of our worries and our physical clutter.

We can learn to let go of physical stuff, paper stuff, files, emails, time spent on wasteful or unimportant things or unnecessary stress. The more often we practice this exercise of letting go, the more we can clear room for the important things. And when we whittle our lives down to what’s essential we’ll find our true selves and passions.

Leo Babauta and Courtney Carver are two of my favorite bloggers that write extensively about letting go. These are some of their latest about the practice:

The Zen Habits Guide to Letting Go of Attachments

If You Want to Be Light, You Have to Let Go

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