December 5 – Let Go. What (or whom) did you let go of this year? Why? (Author: Alice Bradley)
This is one loaded question. A lot of my internal work this year was about this very topic: letting go. When I totally let go of a person or an idea, I think that means I am a buddha, right? So, no, I have not achieved that level. I am willing to say that I have spent much time contemplating and trying to let go of a rash of emotional habits: judgment, blame, guilt and anger. I have had some success with letting these habits go at certain moments. I am so happy to report that guilt is often in the rearview mirror now. Bye, guilt, so glad to not know ya! When I judge people, I try to look inside myself and see what I am judging in myself. I like other people a lot more now that I am trying to stop judging myself. Evey time I blame someone like the wonderful Mr. Chris, I stop and ask, “What am I doing to make this situation difficult?” Sigh, it is not his fault again. And anger, that is a doozy. I guess I usually just try to see what is underneath the anger. Or I go for a long run or head to yoga.
This answer is just the tip of the iceberg. I could write about this for hours. Luckily, I hear my kids arguing. Off I go.