It’s funny how important it is to let go.
I was writing an article about lessons I have learned from my farming life and one of the primary ones is that if you don’t let go of something, it will take you over. This isn’t just about farming, obviously it crosses over into personal life and interpersonal relationships. Hell, it applies to owning cars and running businesses and playing a game or even cooking. I can’t really think of a single thing that doesn’t benefit from an improved ability to let go.
After finishing the article I found myself in a situation where I was having a little bit of a problem letting go. My mood went to shit, my brain was on a feedback loop, and I wasn’t laughing anymore. Laughing is a good indicator of mental health.
I knew I was a bit on edge and so I just sat with it. I didn’t like where my head was at, but I knew it wold change over time. I waited. I was hoping that some epiphany would pop into my head about my issue and soothe my troubled mind. The next day I did feel like I had a better understanding of the issue. But I could still feel some blockage, I still wasn’t laughing. Finally, when I opened my damn fool mouth and let my thoughts and feelings spill out, I could feel the blockage open up and I could let go.
My point being that sometimes it’s not enough to intellectually understand an issue in order to be able to let go of it, some times all it takes is simply the act of opening up your mouth and sharing your thoughts with another person.
There are other ways to work through an issue and let go that don’t involve analysis, like drawing, cleaning, building, or writing. We forget our bodies and minds need to work together and sometimes we can’t let go until we work it out both mentally and physically. Walking helps me relax my body and reminds me that I am a just a small human being living on this planet. Walking stimulates all of my senses and can help get my brain to stop going in circles, even if I’m only walking in circles.
In a broader sense, we’ve all been grasping and clinging to things since we were babies. As adults, we have to learn to let go. I could sum up Buddhism with one simple phrase, “Let go of all your shit.”