Stop trying to grasp, own, and control the world around you.
How did your assignment go yesterday?
When you went to sleep last night, were there other situations you thought of where you let them negatively affect you too much?
Sometimes when we examine one situation in our lives, it allows us to see other related and unrelated situations in a new light.
Doing this sort of assessment is an essential skill we should get into the habit of doing on a regular basis.
“Letting go gives us freedom and freedom is the only condition for happiness.”
~ Thich Nhat Hanh
Learning to truly let go of our attachments is not the easiest mountain to climb, but once at the top, the clear view is always worth it.
Here are a few more reasons to let go:
Your attachments are responsible for almost everything in your life.
They control everything within you such as your dreams, hopes, opinions, memories, fears, emotions, anxieties, and many more.
It is only through mindfulness, which we will discover soon, that we can rise above these attachments and detach from them.
Becoming aware of what fuels us, what makes us happy or sad, angry or mad, allows us to have better control over these emotions without letting our attachments do so.
There are health benefits to letting go.
Healthier relationships, spiritual and psychological well-being, less anxiety, stress, hostility, lower blood pressure, fewer symptoms of depression, stronger immune system, improved heart health, higher self-esteem.
These, along with many more, are the mental and physical health benefits of releasing ones attachments.
Just think of all the prescriptions and medicines we feed ourselves every single day to cure some of these ailments, when in some cases, all we have to do is simply let go.
You can’t change the past.
Even if you think about it over and over again. Even if you punish yourself. Even if you refuse to accept it. It’s done.
The only way to relieve your pain about what happened is to give yourself relief. No one and nothing else can create peace in your head for you.
When you hold onto the past, it often has to do with fear: fear you messed up your chance at happiness, or fear you’ll never know such happiness again.
But if you focus on what you love in the now, you’ll create happiness in the present instead of worrying about the loss of it in your past.