What if the best way to release the stuff we don’t want to carry anymore is to just let it go?
Not try to let it go. Just let it go.
My dear friend Chris Assaad once playfully asked me how I would let go of something I was holding in my hand, and I showed him how by opening my hand willfully. He smiled and said, “that’s a lot of work. What if you just let go?”
I did, and my hand gently opened, and whatever I was holding in it slipped right out.
Give it a try. Close your fist, and open your hand how you normally would. Then, do it again and let it gently open on its own. It’s really cool to see, and is a perfect visual of the difference between trying to let go, and simply letting go.
Whatever you’re carrying with you right now that is no longer meant to go forward with you into the next moment of your life, can simply be let go.
For all of that old stuff to slide out of your hands might take some time, because it might be a lot, but if you just let your hands stay open and relaxed, it will all be released in good time.
We don’t have to try so hard. It’s the trying that makes us keep tightly gripping the old. We don’t have to try not to try, either. We can simply let it all go and just sit there in whatever experiences we may be having during our let go’s.
Letting go is one of the most natural things we can do. We simply open our hands, and drop whatever’s heavy.