What does letting go mean? Letting go is one of the most useful tools as we wend our way through the ups and downs of sobriety. When we get overwhelmed by people, places and things, we may tend to hang onto to the angst of the situation because we aren’t able to find a solution. We play it over and over in our minds. Around and around we go, all the while becoming more aggravated or anxious.
This is when we can practice letting go. When we let go, we release ourselves from the bind. If we can’t resolve the situation or find a remedy we can let it go for now. When we let go and give the problem some space, we may be more likely to find a solution at a later time.
Letting go doesn’t mean we don’t care, but it’s a good way to take care of ourselves in the moment. If you are stuck trying to figure out how to do something on your computer, for example, and you are ready to throw it out the window, try letting go. Letting go can be walking away from, or putting something aside. It can also work when we are faced with a personal problem.
We could be angry with a friend, or visa versa. They think they are right, we think we are. Nothing is going to get resolved in this heated atmosphere. This would be a good time to let go for awhile and calm down. By letting go you might gain a new perspective, too.
Letting go is trusting in the universe, a higher power or the fluctuation of life to carry you through to another place. If you have trouble letting go, try meditating and just breathing in and out and being with what is. You can also try distracting yourself by doing something pleasant like visiting a greenhouse in winter, taking a walk on a beach or through a park, going to your favorite museum, baking bread or fixing that lamp on your workbench.
Letting go is an intelligent way to take care of yourself. Keep up the good work in your bountiful recovery!
“Letting go gives us freedom, and freedom is the only condition for happiness. If, in our heart we still cling to anything, anger, anxiety, possessions, we cannot be free.” —Thich Nhat Hanh
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