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Loving Yourself: Letting Go

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Letting go of your past and some of the memories can sometimes be very hard. Even though those old memories can be tormenting you might find yourself still holding on to the past, and this prevents you from moving forward in anything you try to do. It will simply serve as a concrete roadblock to allowing yourself to explore new possibilities and to move forward into the life you truly desire.

ďThe knowledge of the past stays with us. To let go is to release the images and emotions, the grudges and the fears, the clinging and the disappointments of the past that bind our spirit.Ē ~ Jack Kornfield

Here's a poem I found about letting go . . .

She Let Go

She let go. Without a thought or a word, she let go.
She let go of fear. She let go of the judgments.
She let go of the confluence of opinions swarming around her head.
She let go of the committee of indecision within her.
She let go of all the Ďrightí reasons. Wholly and completely, without hesitation or worry, she just let go.
She didnít ask anyone for advice. She didnít read a book on how to let goÖ She didnít search the scriptures.
She just let go.
She let go of all of the memories that held her back.
She let go of all of the anxiety that kept her from moving forward.
She let go of the planning and all of the calculations about how to do it just right.
She didnít promise to let go.
She didnít journal about it.
She didnít write the projected date in her day-timer.
She made no public announcement and put no ad in the paper.
She didnít check the weather report or read her daily horoscope.
She just let go.
She didnít analyze whether she should let go.
She didnít call her friends to discuss the matter.
She didnít do a five-step Spiritual Mind Treatment.
She didnít call the prayer line.
She didnít utter one word. She just let go.
No one was around when it happened.
There was no applause or congratulations.
No one thanked her or praised her.
No one noticed a thing.
Like a leaf falling from a tree, she just let go.
There was no effort. There was no struggle.
It wasnít good and it wasnít bad.
It was what it was, and it is just that.
In the space of letting go, she let it all be.
A small smile came over her face.
A light breeze blew through her.
And the sun and the moon shone forevermore.
Hereís to giving ourselves the gift of letting goÖ

The author of this poem is unclear. A few sites list Ernest Holmes as the author, another Jennifer Eckert Bernau and still another Rev. Safire Rose.

I hope that you saw the simplicity in it all as you read it. We can do this. . .

ďProblems assault us to the degree they preoccupy us. The key to release and inner freedom is not the elimination of all external difficulties. It is letting go of our pattern of reactions to those difficulties.Ē
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RAINBOW410 4/3/2013 4:01PM


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SASSYSAX 3/30/2013 7:36PM

    That poem was beautiful. Someting so simple but I tend to complicate it. I to suffer from depression as some others do here and I also worked in mental health. It's not always easy to work on yourself. All of your blogs are great remindeers of the kinds of things I used to teach my clients. Thanks for writing these for us. emoticon

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FUTUREHOPE49 3/30/2013 6:47AM

    Awesome blog! emoticon

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SAMI199 3/22/2013 6:43AM

    emoticon the poem!

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PRNCSCUP1-2FULL 3/21/2013 5:17PM

    I am so thankful that you have included us, your Spark friends, on your journey to loving yourself. Everything you post has been an inspiration. I've missed some of them, so I am subscribing to your blog today. This poem was so simple and yet so strong! Thanks. Thank you again! ~Melissa

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1HAPPYSPIRIT 3/21/2013 3:23PM


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KIMCOLLINGS 3/21/2013 3:21PM

    Oh my goodness this resonates with me. I have a biggie I need to let go of and have done all the things it talks about...journaling, analyzing, etc. Just let go. Love this.

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JANEMARIE77 3/21/2013 8:07AM

    here and now at this point in my life i simple remember that we are all doing the very best that we can Its not perfect and sometimes it is just not right at all but it is my best and their best and wishing for anything different is hopeless we can only change yourselves and our reactions and that is more than enough work for me so yes Let it go

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GOANNA2 3/21/2013 7:42AM

    Thanks for another inspiring blog. I am trying
to let go of so many things and I know I will
feel so much better but it is a slow journey.
The main thing is to keep trying and I will be.

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MICKEYH 3/21/2013 12:28AM

    Thank you for sharing this blog..I really needed to hear this. I try not to go back to that memory of dark place. every time, when I go there, I can feel...bit by bit the dark bubble of sadness and feeling of disappointment, anger seemed to dominates in side of me. I wish I can completely erase that particular memory. I am working towards to healing from it.

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L*I*T*A* 3/21/2013 12:23AM

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HEALTHYGRAMMY49 3/20/2013 11:46PM


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JADOMB 3/20/2013 11:17PM

    Yes, there is much we can let go of that will help us to do better in life. Lighten the load.

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2HAMSDIET 3/20/2013 11:15PM

    I think the hardest person to forgive is yourself. emoticon emoticon

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COCK-ROBIN 3/20/2013 11:13PM


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PINKNFITCARLA 3/20/2013 10:18PM

    emoticon blog, as usual! emoticon

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PHOENIX1949 3/20/2013 10:12PM

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DUXGRL1 3/20/2013 9:35PM

    This is great!

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    Absolutely awesome blog. Thank you so much! I'm really working on Letting Go.

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CARRAND 3/20/2013 8:33PM


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1CRAZYDOG 3/20/2013 8:25PM

    Such an important blog! Letting go seems like it should be so simple, but it is soooooo difficult!!!

It involves so much courage, so much self-love! Like every process, we need to really tune into ourselves and realize that holding onto the emotions attached to events in our lives that we'd rather not have happened is toxic to our future . . . to our progress towards who we want to be!

The poem sums it up so eloquently!

HUGS and thank you.

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KALISWALKER 3/20/2013 7:12PM

    Thanks for your inspiration!

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ROSES17 3/20/2013 7:10PM

    Letting go makes you feel better.

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KITT52 3/20/2013 6:31PM

    letting go of it all lets us have more time for the here and now....

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YANKEEBELLA 3/20/2013 6:13PM

    Keeping working on that but get stuck before I feel a sense of freedom.

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NEEDBU66 3/20/2013 6:09PM

    Good for her (referring to the poem)

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