Right now, I am choosing to let go of:
1. the need to control or change my husband.
2. being upset when things don’t go as I originally intended
3. self criticism
4. negative images and stories in the media (Just don’t need them!)
What would you like to let go of? Here’s a little secret: we can let go of anything we want in our lives anytime we choose to do so. It is very liberating when we do let go of things, people, beliefs, and circumstances that no longer serve us. It feels very good, as a matter of fact!
So, what would you like to let go of right now?
Write it down in your journal. Do it. Let it go and don’t look back.
Please help me to see what is the most deserving of my time and energy
and then help me to let the rest go.
May I make good use of the time given me today.
If healing needs to happen within me or with others who are in my life,
please help us all become the healthy and whole people you intended for us to be.
that is peace.
Holding tightly onto
things, people, or ideas
will only keep us on a tense tightrope
of expectations waiting to be dashed
from circumstances outside of our control.
Why give our peace away to such folly when we can simply let it all go?
Yes, LET IT GO.
Get in a comfortable sitting position or do this lying down before you go to sleep :
Think of anything you are worried about, angry about, or afraid of. Then think “I am letting go with balance”.
Think again: ” I am letting go with balance”.
Now get more specific. For example: “I am letting my need for others’ approval go with balance”. Breathe. Silence.
Or, ” I am letting my fear of not having enough money go with balance”. Breathe. Silence. Or, “I am letting go of worrying about my mother’s health with balance”. Silence
The next step to this meditation is to connect with the Divine. Think: “God is able”. Breathe. Silence.
Again: “God is able”. Silence.
Now, get more specific. For example: “God is able to see the perfect person that I am” or “God is able to supply me with anything I need”, or “God is able to express perfect health”.
This process of release and letting go and putting our trust in a higher power is incredibly freeing and peace giving.
I highly recommend this meditation before bed, first thing in the morning, or anytime you are feeling stressed, upset, or worried.
(Source: the joy of meditation by Jack and Cornelia Addington)
Yesterday I wrote a post about three things that interfere with our peace of mind: feeling disorganized, being overly committed, and work issues.
Being disorganzied is often caused by feeling surrounded by clutter.
On Sunday mornings I have a ritual of drinking coffee with the paper and then doing some spiritual reading, journal writing, and centering. This morning I happened to pick up Shakti Gawain’s classic book: Creative Visualization and then turned to the section about clearing. She offers all kinds of exercises to clear out the emotional and physical clutter in our lives. Then I picked up another book I have in our bathroom: Simple Abundance A Daybook of Comfort and Joy by Sarah Ban Breathnach. The entry for today, May 16th is entitled: “Clearing Out What Isn’t Useful or Beautiful”. I think God or the universe is talking to me here.
I truly do believe that the universe does not like a vacuum. If we want to create the lives of our dreams we need to make room for the stuff we want and clear out what no longer serves us.
For emotional clutter: we can write down any worries, hurts, or challenges we are having with people. Get it all out on paper. Then when we are ready we can just tear the paper up or put it in the fireplace. This forgiving and releasing process can be very freeing. It takes a lot of energy to remain hurt, victimized, resentful and irritated with things, events, memories, and people.
For physical clutter: Start with one closet, drawer, or room in your house. Or begin with your desk at work. Commit to clearing out things you no longer need or find beautiful. Give them away so that someone else can enjoy these things.
When I need a break from my computer this morning, I plan on thinning out my closet and dresser drawers. It is Springtime. We are really almost beginning our Florida summer here. It is time to get rid of some things and make room for lighter, brighter things for this new season.
We don’t have to let clutter stress us or weigh us down.