I was one of those who struggled… As I held on to my plan and wanted things to happen my way. The Universe generously offered me wonderful opportunities to practice the art of letting go. The latest opportunity came this week when I got news that will affect the length of my stay in California.
As I observed myself go through the emotions, I recalled an old fable about a monkey trap. The story tells how hunters captured monkeys with a very simple trap. It’s a coconut or a box which has an opening at the top, big enough for the monkey to slide its hand in. Inside are some delicious nuts, but the opening is not large enough for a fist to come back out. Now the monkey has a choice to make, either to let go of the nuts and be free or hold on to the nuts and get caught.
I saw myself stubbornly refusing to let go of my plan even though I knew that it will bring unnecessary suffering. I didn’t want to accept what is and surrender. All of the sudden, I saw myself like that monkey, who was caught in a trap. I laughed. Then I realized that I can just let go. Simple. Just let go. I was able to do so as I realized that I do not know what is coming on my way. It might be something even better. I made a choice to get excited about this opportunity as when one chapter comes to an end, a new one will start. Currently, I’m living in a Divine unknowing about where I will go next, but I choose to believe that wherever I will end, it will be amazing!
If you feel stuck in your situation, you can do a simple exercise to initiate letting go. Think about the very thing that you’re holding on. Make a fist and close it. Put as much pressure as you can to keep it tight and do it as long as you can. Once you are ready to let go, you can just open your fist. Observe your feelings. Remember that you do not know what will be waiting for you, but your thoughts will be creating the future. If you label your situation as a curse, you might have some challenging times ahead, on the other hand, if you label it as a blessing, you might move through the same situation with ease and grace. You can use every situation for your learning, upliftment, and growth.
I’d love to hear your thoughts about this newsletter! Have you already mastered the art of letting go?