July 25, 2016
Lightening the Load Can Get Easier
Anodea Judith once said “The more you let go, the less weight you have to carry uphill.”
The visual is one of people sweating, pushing, leaning forward to balance the load. And once the burden is dropped, they can stand up straight, take a full breath, refocus their gaze and see what is in front of them for the first time, because they’re not looking down anymore.
Letting go of the weight really levels what we think is a hill.
Letting go allows our potential to unfold naturally, keeping us light, curious, open, willing. Carrying emotional burdens and hurts from our past perpetuates the story we believe about ourselves. It adds weight to our thinking, our heart and spirit, slowing our pace, creating more hills that weren’t there to begin with.
Peter Russell, spiritual teacher and physicist, once said “We cannot ‘do’ letting go; we must ‘undo’ holding on.”
Holding on locks past wounds into our “now” and guarantees a heaviness in our future. Letting go – forgiving – lightens our “now” load and liberates us to move forward. With practice, choosing between the two gets easier.