More Tips and Tactics of Letting Go5 comments
Need more help letting go?
I had lots of feedback (online and offline) from the post Let It Go, Let It Go, Let It Goooo. I, as usual, have more thoughts on the subject. (Can’t keep me quiet.) Speaking is like letting go for me:)
Some of you might have missed the comment thread so I wanted to take this opportunity to respond in this post:
Rich G says:
Letting go is not something that we “do”. Not in regard to the deep, emotionally connected, heart engaged sorts of things that we may be holding onto. Yes, we can stop gripping it tightly and possessively, that is an active choice we can make, and an experience we can learn to breathe into. But the deeper letting go, the deeper releasing – that happens of its own accord and it happens when it is ready to happen. Yes, definitely, validate it, it is as real as anything! It, whatever “it” is, is there because it was significant to our lives. It is still there and it is causing pain and sadness because there is something to learn from it, or something still to be felt and known profoundly, even as that ‘knowing’ may or may not ever be ‘known’ in any linear, describable, factual sense.
I appreciated Rich G’s comment.
Letting go of judgment
What usually happens is that judgment keeps us holding on. Once we allow ourselves to feel what we feel, instead of thinking we have to be other than who we are, there is nothing left to “do” to let go. It happens on its own, when we stop judging, blaming or worrying. It is so rare that we allow ourselves anything. Or when we do allow ourselves we beat ourselves up after. What if it was OK to be angry? Feel sad? Grieve a loss? Miss someone? Feel ridiculous? What if we allowed ourselves to feel this way?
These just means that love is important.
We get so afraid to allow ourselves to feel since we think it will get worse or that we’ll get stuck in it. However, this “not allowing” actually has the effects that we least desire. It keeps us stuck, holding on to the bad parts, the suffering. Allow it and we pass through it quicker. Sadness is so much worse with worry and judgment. It balloons into something much greater. (See Globs of Self Judgment and Worry Globs, Too) Once we allow it without judgment, Rich G is right, there is nothing to do.
It is soooo much worse! The original sadness is not that bad!
When someone had chronic worry, other people often say: It is a simple choice, you can choose not to be worried. The worried person just feels misunderstood. It is not that simple for me. If you think it is you don’t understand, And if it was that easy and I can’t do it I must be really messed up. The people telling him it is simple mean well. They don’t want to validate the worry. They want their loved one to feel better so he doesn’t suffer. We don’t want to validate the worry, nobody needs that. We want to validate the precious thing they are worried about. But sometimes going through the complexities of it is part of the journey. We can allow that, too. It may start simple, go through lots of complexities, wading through all of the judgment and worries and letting them go. Then, it’ll get simple again. There will be nothing left to do as Rich says, it’ll go away.We often mistakenly think that we can lose something if we let it go. But if we understood ourselves as connected to everything, how could we ever really lose anything? Loss is a perception, only. Felt in this reality, relative reality, only. Not to belittle how intense that feels, but that is it, it is just a feeling. An intense feeling. Feelings are transient. And when we allow them, they “trans” faster. But we stay connected to what is precious and always stay connected to that.
This is why unsolicited advise can sound like such judgment. We might mean well, but it still might hurt the other person. (And they are not overreacting!) I’m careful and follow the Buddhist tenet to have some ask me for advise three time before giving it.
You also might be wondering and worried about Nikky44’s comments from yesterday. I know some people were. And here you can see her response this morning:
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