A lot of us struggle with trying to control our lives and the world around us and in the process, we try to control the people, places, and things that are not ours to control. This is the source of most chaos, resentment, arguments, fighting, and fear.
Letting go and Letting God/Source is the solution for a life which allows flow, growth, appreciation, and peace.
1. Ask for guidance
Upon awakening, ask your Higher Power for guidance throughout the day.
2. Notice what you are feeling when you are feeling it
Become aware of the actions that you take when you feel certain ways. Are you reaching for food, an alcoholic beverage unnecessarily or depriving yourself of rest or exercise with excuses or justifications? Ask yourself what is going on inside and how are you feeling about it. Then ask your Higher Power (whatever that may be) to remove anything that is blocking you from being your best self.
3. Become aware of being hungry, angry, lonely or tired
H.A.L.T. literally, stop and then allow yourself to address your needs.
4. Breathe deeply and then let it out
Picture yourself releasing all anxiety and negativity from yourself.
5. Recognize the good things in any situation and give thanks
My mother and father are extremely ill, but they are still here, my son is healthy, and my friends and significant other are beyond supportive. I remain grateful even for the pain.
6. Stay in gratitude
Choose an attitude of gratitude. Give thanks for all that is and trust that your higher powers plan is bigger than yours and better. (It’s okay to not understand everything.)
7. Be in the moment
The present is a gift. It is all we are given. Accept this, using the moment as if you will never have it again because you won’t.
8. Do your best and forget the rest
You are human. You will make mistakes, but you are trying to become your best self. Give yourself credit while you learn along the way. You got this!
Write down any anxieties, worries, anger or fear. Let them bind to the paper and leave your skin. When needed apologize, ask for forgiveness and make amends.
Meditation at night relaxes you for a peaceful sleep.Listen to your heart. Quiet your mind. Rest your body, mind, and spirit. Life is but a dream.
When we detach ourselves from all people, places, and things, we are able to observe them as they are. We learn about ourselves. We free ourselves and those around us. Giving up control doesn’t mean we can’t set goals and have ideas for our plans, it just means we trust the flow of life and know that the waves are more powerful.
The current is going to flow in the right direction. All is well.
Let go and Let God.
I loved when the wisest Dr. Wayne Dyer closed one of his talks with this little childhood hymn. I think it floats perfectly right here.
“Row, Row, Row your boat gently down the stream, merrily, merrily, merrily, merrily, life is but a dream.”