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    What Does It Mean to Let Go?

    What Does It Mean to Let Go?
    By Elisha Goldstein, Ph.D., at PsychCentral


    In this human life we get our share of joys and our share of sorrows. The brain is wired to hang onto the fears and sorrows more than the joys so that it guard against what?s uncomfortable and keep us safe. However, in doing this we have the experience of holding onto the difficult in our lives and many of us would enjoy the ability to ?let go? a little easier.

    One of my favorite paths in teaching isn?t through the intellect, but through poetry which can reach beyond the rational brain and more directly to the emotional brain where our decision making and ?holding? lies.

    Here is a poem that speaks directly to the possibility of letting go.
    Pause?Take a Breath?Read?See What Arises
    by Reverend Safire Rose

    She let go
    She let go. Without a thought or a word, she let go.
    She let go of the fear.
    She let go of the judgments.
    She let go of the confluence of opinions swarming around her head.
    She let go of the committee of indecision within her.
    She let go of all the ?right? reasons.
    Wholly and completely, without hesitation or worry,
    she just let go.
    She didn?t ask anyone for advice.
    She didn?t read a book on how to let go.
    She didn?t search the scriptures.
    She just let go.
    She let go of all of the memories that held her back.
    She let go of all of the anxiety that kept her from moving forward.
    She let go of the planning and all of the calculations
    about how to do it just right.
    She didn?t promise to let go.
    She didn?t journal about it.
    She didn?t write the projected date in her Day-Timer.
    She made no public announcement and put no ad in the paper.
    She didn?t check the weather report or read her daily horoscope.
    She just let go.
    She didn?t analyze whether she should let go.
    She didn?t call her friends to discuss the matter.
    She didn?t do a five-step Spiritual Mind Treatment.
    She didn?t call the prayer line.
    She didn?t utter one word.
    She just let go.
    No one was around when it happened.
    There was no applause or congratulations.
    No one thanked her or praised her.
    No one noticed a thing.
    Like a leaf falling from a tree, she just let go.
    There was no effort.
    There was no struggle.
    It wasn?t good and it wasn?t bad.
    It was what it was, and it is just that.
    In the space of letting go, she let it all be.
    A small smile came over her face.
    A light breeze blew through her.
    And the sun and the moon shone
    forevermore ?

    Before you allow judgments to arise about whether it?s possible for letting go to be this close, just allow these words to settle into your mind. Sit with them, allowing for an openness to the possibility.

    Elisha Goldstein is the author of Uncovering Happiness: Overcoming Depression with Mindfulness and Self-Compassion, The Now Effect, co-author of A Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Workbook, the premier eCourse Basics of Mindfulness Meditation: A 28 Day Program, the Mindful Solutions audio series, and the Mindfulness at Work? program currently being adopted in multiple multinational corporations.

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    Re: What Does It Mean to Let Go?

    One of my favorite paths in teaching isn?t through the intellect, but through poetry which can reach beyond the rational brain and more directly to the emotional brain where our decision making and ?holding? lies.

    Wow can i ever connect to these words the poem is very beautiful i will reread it some more
    Words always stay inside ones soul

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    Re: What Does It Mean to Let Go?

    Im trying, Im trying so hard to "let go" and be ok. Be myself, and not be overwhelmed with all of it... I just cant seem to get here. Today is the first day I found this poem, I've read these words over and over and it's like I have a block between the words and the actions.. I understand the words but I don't know how to apply them..

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    Re: What Does It Mean to Let Go?

    To me, this poem reminds of meditation or meditation like state. I guess every individual has to discover the best way to "let go" and sometimes it is difficult to do so when you are very tense or stressed out. For example, for me! deep breathing is not enough of a method to "let go", although it initially provides quick help. I find deep breathing effective, or at least I can focus on it only if I have done some type of muscle relaxation, like deep muscle relaxation, floating, soaking in a hot tub and so on. But some people have different ways to relax. For some, this would not work. Same way as it would not work for me to participate in Buddha- like group meditation. This is why you have to make conscious effort to find out what works for you. I am sure you will.

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    Re: What Does It Mean to Let Go?

    What the poem is saying to me is don't think don't try just let it happen
    Inside your mind and soul let it go all the pain and sadness all the thoughts emotions
    One day perhaps that is how it will happen without effort without the fight to let it go but it will just happen
    Words always stay inside ones soul

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