Posted by Jennifer on Mar 13, 2017

 
In today's rise up well, I want to share with you a story that deeply resonated with me, and I am  betting that it will cause you to stop and reflect as well.

One behavior that I have struggled with on and off throughout my life is that of LETTING GO. Often I have held onto resentment, anger, disappointment, betrayal and other past hurts that did not serve my highest health and best version of myself.

When I get stuck in the past, the only one who suffers is me. I can probably guess that there are things in your life that you are holding onto. How is that working for you? Not great, right?

 

The two keys that have helped me tremendously are:

1) Focusing on the present moment

and

2) CONSCIOUSLY letting go.

The beauty in focusing on just the moment at hand allows you to fully experience the present situation and gain so much more from your journey.

Being attached to the past slows you down, leads to depression, lessens your productivity, creates anxiety, disconnects you from your vision and impedes your health. 

As you read the following tale of two monks, you might see yourself in this story. Think about what you might be holding onto. What are you not putting down? Something is not serving you...what is it?



A senior monk and a junior monk were traveling together. At one point, they came to a river with a strong current. As the monks were preparing to cross the river, they saw a very young and beautiful woman also attempting to cross. The young woman asked if they could help her cross to the other side.

The two monks glanced at one another because they had taken vows not to touch a woman.

Then, without a word, the older monk picked up the woman, carried her across the river, placed her gently on the other side, and carried on his journey.




The younger monk couldn’t believe what had just happened. After rejoining his companion, he was speechless, and an hour passed without a word between them.

Two more hours passed, then three, finally the younger monk could contain himself any longer, and blurted out “As monks, we are not permitted a woman, how could you then carry that woman on your shoulders?”

The older monk looked at him and replied, “Brother, I set her down on the other side of the river, why are you still carrying her?”




Keep persisting, keep staying aware, keep letting the unhealthy past go. Your life will be lighter, happier, more peaceful and healthier.

Today begin to take action by staying present and making the conscious choice to LET IT GO!

 
With Love and Hope,