Letting Go

From "When things fall apart" by Pema Chodron ISBN 0007183518

The more we experience fundamental richness, the more we can loosen our grip. This fundamental richness is available in each moment. The key is to relax: relax to a cloud in the sky, relax to a tiny bird with gray wings, relax to the sound of the telephone ringing. We can see the simplicity in things as they are. We can smell things, taste things, feel emotions, and have memories. When we are able to be there without saying 'I certainly agree with this', or 'I definitely don't agree with that', but just be here very directly, then we find fundamental richness everywhere. It is not ours or theirs but is available always to everyone. In raindrops, in blood drops, in heartache and delight, this wealth is the nature of everything. It is like the sun in that it shines on everyone without discrimination. It is like a mirror in that it is willing to reflect anything without accepting or rejecting.

From "Too soon old, Too late smart" by Gordon Livingston ISBN 0733619924

Think of the slights, the insults, the rebukes, and, most important, the unfulfilled dreams that are a part of every life. Think of the ways in which our closest relationships are subject to complaint and score keeping. For most of us the process of nursing blame for past injury distracts us from the essential question of what we need to do now to improve our lives.

For many people the past is like an endlessly entertaining, if frequently painful, movie they replay for themselves over and over. It contains all the explanations, all the misery, all the drama that went into making us what we are today. That it may also, when checked against the versions of others who were there, be largely a work of our imagination does not detract from its power to occupy our attention. And to what end? We cannot change the parts that we wish were different, the unfairnesses, the injuries. What is the point in holding on to our outrage and unhappiness? Do we have a choice?

Coming to terms with our past is inevitably a process of forgiveness, of letting go, the simplest and most difficult of all human endeavors. It is simultaneously an act of will and of surrender. And it often seems impossible until the moment you do it.

From "Gift from an Angel" by Eileen Goble ISBN 0958657009

Let go, surrender - lay down your problems, do not try to unravel the knots, it only gets tighter as you pull it. Let it go, concentrate with all your heart on love, knowing the knot will be unravelled if you stand back. Fill yourself with love and ask truly for guidance, your problems will be solved.

Suggested Books:

"The Power of Letting Go" by Patricia Carrington
"Stop Thinking & Start Living" by Richard Carlson
"Loving What is" by Byron Katie
"Feel the Fear and do it Anyway" by Susan Jeffers
"The Power of Now" by Eckhart Tolle