Wednesday, March 20, 2013

The Beginning of New Life

There are things that we never want to let go of, people we never want to leave behind.  But keep in mind that letting go isn’t the end of the world; it’s the beginning of new life.”
-Author Unknown

I once heard that to get really good at something, you must write about it.  To master it, you must teach it.  That is why I write and teach about letting go; I'm still working at mastering it.  I'm pretty clear about what brings me the most joy and peace and I like when I can see the road ahead of me or at least know where I'm headed.  I've also learned to leave openings for divine presence to fill, realizing that there are often possibilities I have yet to consider. 

The truth is--we are not meant to know everything in advance.  We often wish we could so that we can always be prepared for what comes next.  Maybe if we could keep our lives in a permanent state of order there would be no more struggles, no more confused states, no more pain. 

We all know that is not how it works.    

Pain is often the language of healing and growth, signaling our attention to the things that truly matter.  It allows us to stretch beyond our everyday comforts and uncover something new about ourselves--a hidden gift, a new strength.  

I know what some of you are thinking.  I've done enough stretching and growing.  If God only gives me what I can handle, why doesn't God just pick on someone else.  I'm done.  I'm good. 

But are we ever truly done growing?  The word "grownup" suggests an end to the maturing process and yet we are in a constant state of growing and healing and changing and evolving.  Each day presents another opportunity to get on our intended path. 

We are not meant to suffer.  We are meant to pay attention to all that comes our way and make decisions that are guided by our values and deep conscience.  We often have to open ourselves up to new ways of thinking and being.

Letting go doesn't mean giving up.  It means assessing the current reality and increasing our breathing space.  If our financial situation has changed, we have to adapt, while seeking out other opportunities.  It means shedding all the things that keep us from moving forward in a meaningful way.  It means saying goodbye to the people who clip our wings and threaten to dim our light.  It means being okay with not knowing what will happen next. 

When you let go of the need to know what happens next, that is when you open fully to what is.  When you allow yourself to move beyond the hurt of a past relationship, you begin to create the space for a new love to show up.  When you let go of the job that leaves you drained and frustrated each day, you welcome more appealing career offers.  When you let go your hope to be recognized for what you do, you allow yourself to be just as you are--nothing more, nothing less. 

Are you ready to blossom on this first day of Spring? What are you still holding on to that no longer serves you?  Let go in peaceful surrender.  Allow the newness of life to spring forth. 

Love and blessings,

Kathleen


            

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