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Part of Healthy Living Is Learning to Let Go

Posted May 20 2010 4:49am
Part of healthy living is learning to let go of people, situations, and even institutions over which you have no control. Earlier this week I had a very disturbing altercation with someone. The other person made up stories in her head, of which I was the star villain. It's laughable today, but earlier in the week when I had to draw a line in the sand and establish a firm boundary with this person, it wasn't so much fun. In fact, I was so upset by the situation I didn't eat all day on Monday. Now for someone like me, who eats anything when stressed, you can clearly see how distressed I was.

One of the hardest lessons I have learned about health is that physical health is greatly influenced by emotional and spiritual health. Holding onto anger hurts no one but yourself; it's like clutching a tiger to your chest. The tiger scratches, bites and makes you bleed. Now if someone handed you that tiger, he's not hurt. He's standing off to the side. You're the one holding onto the tiger and the tiger, naturally, is going to attack YOU, not the person standing over there who handed you the tiger in the first place.

There's a reason sacred scripture says things like, "Turn the other cheek" and "Bless those who hurt you".  There's a reason that many New Age philosophers recommend imaginative exercises to release and bless those who hurt you.  When you do so, you release their negativity, opening the door for positive energy to flow back in.

So part of healthy living is learning to let go. Let go of anger, resentment, and fear today. Live in light and love. If you don't know how, I suggest two ideas for your consideration.  First, if you grew up in an organized religion but have left, consider exploring it again. You may find that your childhood concept of it was exaggerated or discover new insights as an adult.  Second, if organized faiths do not appeal to you, learn and practice meditation.  Meditation connects you to spirit, centers and grounds you.  Two excellent sources for instruction on meditation are the Self Realization Fellowship, founded by Paramahansa Yogananda (author of Autobiography of a Yogi), and the books of Eknath Eswaren, a Berkley professor of English who also taught meditation.  Eswaren's meditation practices are more easily adapted to traditional faiths such as Christian, Jewish or Muslim faiths.  I have studied and found truth in both, and while I do practice SRF meditation techniques now almost exclusively, some of Eswaren's tips have also helped me.

Let go, and let God.  Let go of anger and open the door for peace, harmony, and light.
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