The way we cling to our dramas or unhealthy lifestyle choices may have become habitual through the years. Once we’re told “Just Let It Go,” our instinct seems to be to grasp tighter to control, because there are no easy answers on why we came to this place or what we will become through the process of shedding this old skin. After all, change is easy to avoid.
There is an ancient story of monkey traps in China. They were created with hollowed rice-filled coconuts and an opening only large enough for the monkey’s hand. Once the monkey grabbed his fistful of food, he was caught because of his refusal to loosen his grip on his bounty.
How tight is your grip on your situation? Are you demanding such control that you don’t allow others their own process? Does life seem to flow for others, yet you don’t trust in the uncertainty of where your path may take you?
Try these few exercises to assist in Letting Go:
1) The next time you’re in difficult traffic, release the death grip on the steering wheel or door and Breathe in Love for whatever situation may lie ahead. See a Healing Light surrounding everyone around you.
2) When anxiety occurs from a deadline or curfew missed, recognize it’s normal and breathe through it, feeling it loosening its grip within the body and breathe it out. Continue the deep, slow breathing and recognize that regaining composure is what is required in that moment. Allow Love and Light to go to the person or situation.
3) Whenever frustration, impatience, or anger arise, you are being given an opportunity NOT to react. If you do, the situation controls you and you become the Effect. Manage to resist that impulse and step back into a breath of knowing and respond if and when it’s for your Highest Good.
4) Consider meditating or mindful walks in nature to receive the healing that your body and soul deserve, and to regain perspective. Open your hands and mind to the possibility that some situations or people may no longer serve your Higher Purpose.