‘Loosen up. Let it go!’
How often have you heard that advice?
When you think about letting go of things, what exactly do you think about letting go of?
When sages remind us that we need to give up our attachment to the things of this world in order to open to spiritual or personal growth, I suspect that many of us think about material things, like people or objects you can actually touch.
I’m starting to discern that may not be what those sages mean.
I know there are a lot of things that I am attached to that are not material in nature.
One thing I reckon we can agree on is that when you leave the planet you leave all your stuff – all the material things – behind. But there is another dimension of things that we are attached to that we may take with us, if we haven’t been able to let go of them. There are some things we can get very attached to that are not material – ideas and beliefs.
I can give up my Tissot watch but what about the idea of time? Can I allow for eternity or do I want to hold on to linear time with beginnings and endings?
I can give away my clothes but what about my body? Can I give up the belief that I am the body and allow for being something else?
I can give away all the books in my library but what about the story of my life? Can I give up the belief that my story defines me and allow for new experiences?
I can say I forgive you but can I let go of the hurt and pain I believe you have caused me to suffer?
Can I allow for the unfolding of love in all circumstances or will I continue to insist that it all has to work out the way I want it to? Can I give up insisting that it’s the fulfilment of my ten-year plan that’s all important and allow for God’s plan? Can I give up thinking I’m in control and allow for Life to live through me?
Can I let go of judging the form of the person or circumstance and choose to see the essence within the form in front of me?
Our consumer society actually relies on the fact that it’s easy to let things go. The size of our rubbish problem is confirmation of that fact. How many smartphones have you owned? Where is the one you bought three years ago? We even have a name for people who can’t let their stuff go – hoarders. Extreme hoarding is regarded as a mental illness.
But how many of us are idea or belief hoarders?
How many of us have what are referred to as closed minds? You know – minds that are already made up and not open to anything new – despite the evidence. We have a term for people in that zone as well – fundamentalists. We usually apply that within a religious context but it can be applied within any context, including science.
I invite you to spend some time pondering the question: what am I attached to?
Feel free to share your thoughts