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Let It Go (Completely).
“Let it go (completely)” is almost like a sister to last week’s agreement– “it (really) ain’t that deep.”
You see, most situations are relatively neutral. They take on significance via the meaning we ascribe to them. And this meaning is a direct result of our own thoughts. So if we realize that most of the heft we assume in our life situations is actually a result of our own doing, then we’re also in the position to change those situations. Yes, you guessed it, starting with our thoughts. For me, the next logical step after contemplation is abandonment. That is, letting go of the negative issue or situation–completely.
Jack Kornfield wrote, “Forgiveness is primarily for our own sake, so that we no longer carry the burden of resentment. But to forgive does not mean we will allow injustice again.” For me, this quote applies to more than just forgiveness. It applies to any negative feeling that we’re bearing. Negativity is toxic. It literally affects our health. It hurts us. Literally. So, why hold on? Even partially?
Well, there are many reasons we fail to let go. Pride is a big one. Habit is another reason. But lucky for us, every habit that we’ve learned, we can unlearn–with help, attention, and support, we can unlearn the habit of holding on to toxicity. No matter what that toxicity is–it could be resentment, anger, guilt, or negative self-talk. Whatever it is, we can let go. Not kind of. Not partially. But completely.