Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Letting Go

(Previously published in the Aug, 2011 Newsletter)
By Photos Public Domain [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons
In life, we have much to be grateful for:  good health, abundance, love of family and friends, shelter and so much more.  Sometimes on our life’s path, we encounter an obstacle—a difficulty or change—and we react by holding on.  In reality, quite often it is best to let go.  In the yogic tradition, this is the practice of pratyahara, which is the withdrawal of the senses, and pranayama or breath.
I have used the following poem in class to assist us in our practice and to help with releasing that which we cannot control.  It is an anonymous poem called Letting Go.
Letting GoTo let go doesn’t mean to stop caring;
It means I can’t do it for someone else.
To let go is not to cut myself off…
It’s the realization that I can’t control another…
To let go is not to enable,
but to allow learning from natural consequences.
To let go is to admit powerlessness,
which means the outcome is not in my hands.
To let go is not to try and change or blame another.
I can only change myself.
To let go is not to care for, but to care about.
To let go is not to fix, but to be supportive.
To let go is not to judge,
but to allow another to be a human being.
To let go is not to be in the middle arranging all the outcomes,
but to allow others to affect their own outcomes.
To let go is not to be protective,
it is to permit another to face reality.
To let go is not to deny, but to accept.
To let go is not to nag, scold, or argue,
but to search out my own shortcomings and correct them.
To let go is not to adjust everything to my desires,
but to take each day as it comes and cherish the moment.
To let go is not to criticize and regulate anyone,
but to try to become what I dream I can be.
To let go is not to regret the past,
but to grow and live for the future.
To let go is to fear less and love more.

1 comment:

  1. 2 things jump out to me this time around reading this. 1. I can only change myself. 2. Cherish the moment. I'm working on all of it and focusing on these 2 particularly. Thanks for posting this. I haven't seen it since last summer.