On the spiritual path, letting go is not a luxury. It is a necessity.
What we cling to out of habit or fear keeps us from being all that we can be. Letting go is an act of release, as if we, our own jailers, are finally able to unlock the door of a self-imposed prison. No matter how big or small, each letting go is an act of freedom.
Have you been invited to let something go lately? A trait, an attitude, a situation, a relationship? Was it difficult for you? Don't worry. You're not alone in that. Just recently I, too, became aware of one more thing to let go of—well, actually two:
• an unhealthy expectation of myself
• a meanness experienced at the hands of another
The first letting go was easier than the second. But with transparency and gumption, I did it. I believe any of us can do the same.
You might be wondering: How will I know know when it's time to let go? And how do I actually do it?
I discussed this dilemma with a dear friend and colleague, Kenny Brixey, host of "Life's Tool Box" on Empower Radio and we came up with some powerful answers. We agreed that learning to let go with grace is vital to our spiritual growth.
Listen to the recorded podcast here. (26 min.)
And when you're done listening, consider this lovely poem sent to me be a sweet friend who is walking her own path of letting go. I hope it will support you on your journey of setting yourself free from what binds.
is a touchpoint. a resting place, a "remembering" of who we really are and how we can best live—kindly and compassionately with ourselves and others.
Janice Lynne Lundy, DMin
is an educator, interspiritual director/guide and retreat leader who has been pointing people back toward the Sacred for more than twenty years. She is the author of several spiritual growth books, including Your Truest Self, My Deepest Me and Portable Peace., and is the co-founder and co-director of the Spiritual Guidance Training Institute.