Holding on is necessary in life, it is how the baby gets her milk, how the two stay together, and how a tree survives a tornado.
It is also essential when in the middle of something that requires stick-to-it-ive-ness to complete. Holding on to values, family, friends, and connections that serve us is fruitful.
Holding on can also stagnate Qi, block progress and impede smooth flow.
Letting go is necessary in life. It is how the child is birthed, how the seed is set free to become anew, and how the adolescent grows into adulthood and leaves home. The cycle of life.
It is necessary to let go of ideas, beliefs, and structures that don’t serve us.
Letting go can also make it so that one is unable to finish projects, can’t stay focused or creates chaos.
So how do you know when to do which?
That takes wisdom and grace.
It is a dynamic process of give and take, ebb and flow. It has to do with intuition, mindfulness, paradigm shifting, strength and flexibility.
Holding on when it is the right time is necessary. Holding on beyond time hinders.
Letting go when it is the right time is necessary for transformation. Letting go before it is time is traumatic.
Being in sync with the ebb and flow in your environment, actions, relationships, and structures within time and space allows you to know whether to hold on or let go.
Practice your mindfulness, and meditation skills so that you can feel and know what action is best for your optimal growth and development.
There is a timing to things. You may notice that something bothers you now that has not previously, this may be a clue to a need for a shift in your holding on/letting go process.
The more we attend to the whole of our feelings, and inner responses the more we can live in sync with our needs. This is one of the best uses of mindfulness to engage the bigger picture allowing for the incorporation of all the information that is present in each of our internal sensory systems.
See you tomorrow.