Friday, January 14, 2011

Don't Hang On

A wonderful friend, Danika Dinsmore, shared something on her blog this week that I want to share with you:

"When my father died one of the things I found most depressing was all the projects left undone. Big things, small things, broken things, unopened things . . . but the truth of the matter is, none of us ever leaves this life a completed checklist, inbox empty, all correspondence returned. At some point we’re going to have to let it all go, so why not practice now and lighten your cosmic load.

I feel like I’m dragging myself into this new year, and strangely many of my friends are feeling the same way. So we’re practicing the art of letting go of stuff that’s holding us back and down. Whatever’s left unsaid and undone, that’s been haunting you for weeks, months, years, STILL has a piece of you – your mind and energy – if you let it. And if there’s nothing you can do about it, or you choose to do nothing about it, then the healthier decision is to let it go.*

(One of my favourite quotes on this comes from dear friend Mauri Bernstein who said, “2010, just jiggle the handle and let it go.”)

*Another good practice after you have done the “letting go” is to replace it with a positive thought. i.e. You let go of the fact that you stopped going to the gym and replace it with thoughts of loving yourself unconditionally.

Boy - this was so perfect for me as I pack to move into my new home. How on earth did I get all these piles of unfinished business? I've only been in this apartment for a year, yet there are piles of papers I was going to read or file for reference, articles about crafts I want to try, stacks of books I want to read and who knows what else I'll find!

Knowing the outer is a reflection of the inner, I wonder -- what unfinished business am I hanging on to in my mind and heart?

OK, here's my New Year's Intention: "If I can't deal with it immediately, don't hang on to it." This will work for papers or thoughts and feelings!

Love this: “2010, just jiggle the handle and let it go.”

(Danika Dinsmore is author of a new young adult novel Brigitta of the White Forest. She is also an award winning poet, writing teacher, and screen writer. Her blog - which is great for aspiring writers - is


The whole universe is in the process of evolving. The only constant is God. I now see this as the pattern of my life. I am constantly evolving and the only constant is God.

Knowing this, I choose to let go of what no longer serves me with ease. Infinite Intelligence assists me in knowing in an instant what to hang on to and what to let go of. I choose to live in the moment, mentally and emotionally. I no longer carry anything from my past into my future moments. I am free, unencumbered with old stuff and filled with vitality. Life is good!

Gratefully I release these words into Spiritual Law, knowing they are done now. And so It is.