Letting go…

As described by Ram Dass. “He was telling a famous anecdote about the way you catch a monkey in India. You drop a handful of nuts into a jar with a small opening, he explained. The monkey puts his hand into the jar, grabs the nuts, and then finds that he can’t get his fist out through the opening. If the monkey would just let go of the nuts, he could escape. But he won’t. Attachment leads to suffering, Ram Dass concluded. It’s as simple as that: Detachment leads to freedom.”

Check out the whole story at www.yogajournal.com/wisdom/1241

I believe this is one of the hardest lessons to learn. To recognize when something no longer serves us or when we can no longer serve it. Letting go no matter how prepared or ready we feel always causes an emotional reaction.  We may not recognize the feelings as emotional or we may be so accustomed to suppressing them that they manifest into physical reactions. Who hasn’t at some time during a stressful experience felt aches in their back, tummy troubles, headache or a number of other symptoms.  Next time you feel unwell take a moment to examine what is going on in your life.  Are you trying to let go of something or is there something you should let go of and haven’t?

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Published in: on June 28, 2010 at 5:16 pm  Comments (2)  
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  1. Wow, this is crazy – this is exactly what we are working on in my women’s group – letting go of what no longer serves you. It is really hard because letting go of stuff you have carried for a long time means you no longer have the story that has served you so well. You have to find a new story to take the place of the old one – hopefully it is a story with a positive message!

    • It is great when ideas seem to flow through our varying layers of life in such a melodic and complementary way.


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