When we decide to hold to something we strengthen our resistance, create tension. Narrow the focus of our mind, despite what our heart may be saying (or the reality of life).
Memories of the past, our attachments, we hold on to them because we feel we need them. We tell ourselves great stories as we act out the role of the protagonist. But often that’s all they are, just stories.
Maya Angelou once said, “I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel“.
Feelings can cut through your skin, tear down your muscle, pierce your brain, and they’ll do it faster than anything else in this world can. Our fears, anxieties, our joy, our love, all of it help to make us who we are, and we are all vulnerable.
Letting go is not the end, but the beginning.
Letting go is freedom from the enslavement, mentally or physically.
So when you decide to hold on, remind yourself why.
If you’re frightened of dying, and you’re holding on, you’ll see devils tearing your life away. But, if you’ve made your peace, then the devils are really angels freeing you from the earth. It’s just a matter of how you look at it, that’s all”– Louis (character) from the film, Jacob’s Ladder