The trees are so deep and wise. They go through cycles with the season, like we do, whether we know it or not. The trees are rooted into the earth and grow strong and tall. The trees grow leaves to receive light and nutrients from the sun.Their branches wave and dance in the wind. The wind and weather can be gentle, calm, or harsh. Like the wind, life can also be gentle or harsh. The trees don’t let it affect them too much. They just move with the wind. They don’t resist it. Sometimes the harshness of the wind causes the trees to loose leaves or even branches. They trees continue to grow from these losses. When the time is right, they drop the leaves that turn brown and turn their energy inward, into the roots. Autumn is a transitional phase of leaves that were bright and lively turning brown and dying. As winter comes the trees lose their leaves and turn their energy inward, toward their roots. This season is also a time for use, as humans, to turn inward and focus on what we want to cultivate within ourselves. A time for inward reflection and cultivation toward what we want to release and what we want to grow. Spring comes and the fruits of our inward toil comes to fruition.
Letting go is not easy for humans. Why? If we knew that letting go didn’t mean forgetting, it meant growing, would we have such a hard time with it?
Sometimes we have to let go of those things or people that no longer serve us and our life dream. Letting go and knowing that we are moving forward in our personal growth can be rejuvenating. I have learned, in my many struggles, that it seems that the process of letting go is challenging and heartbreaking even. Yet, the rewards are exponentially gratifying. There is a part of letting go that can be most daunting; TRUST. Trust that letting go, things will still work out in our favor. They might not. Yet, letting go and trusting God, Spirit, the Universe, is freeing. Move with the wind. Do not let it affect the core of who you are. Do not let it uproot you. Stand tall and strong in the knowing of who you are and where you stand. The wind will pass and if you resist it, it may break you. Move with it and it will only cause that which was dead to fall anyway.
You see, we have purpose. Regardless, if we struggle, control, or let go, we will still be led toward our purpose on this earth. The thing is, the more we trust this, the more we learn to let go, the easier that path gets. When we try and control this journey, we may be led down paths that are more challenging in order to learn lessons.
I truly feel that one of our lessons to learn is how to trust and let go of control. That is why I feel it is a hard thing to do. It isn’t in our nature to let go and allow things to happen. Trusting can be hard. We must learn to trust ourselves first.
Some that I have spoken with feel that letting go is like relinquishing power. Yes, a bit, but to whom? I believe I am letting go to let the higher power to control my life, and allowing this is more like trusting myself, and knowing that I have a grander purpose in this life.
I learned how to let go. I am still learning. Yet, when I did, I found it wasn’t easy, but it provided much more clarity. I was able to take more from an observer role in life and see how it all connects. I see now that if it is meant to be, it will be, whether I try to make that so or not. It can be a much more challenging path to follow if I am making the calls. I cannot see an eagle’s perspective, but God can. What may seem like the right thing, in my fears, is not always the best thing for the long run. When I have let go, I was able to see that things are happening and my control was only resisting the change. It was like I was trying to hold onto the dead leaves. I tried to put energy into something that was already dead instead of refocusing my energy on what is alive.
Deep breath. Inhale. Exhale. The point in between is where silence lies. The letting go is the hardest. Our human nature wants to control the situation. I created it. I can control it. Yet, if we hold onto the inhale, the pressure builds until we can’t hold it anymore, than we gasp for air. The letting go allows for more air. What if we allowed the breath to easily exhale and prepare for the next inhale?
Meditation is a good way to take more of an observer role and feel more, notice more, react less. Being non-judgmental of what comes up and accepting our thoughts & feelings, and then letting it go, letting it pass.