Monday, March 3, 2008

The Wisdom Of Letting Go

the Little book of Letting go, a revolutionary 30-day program to Cleanse your Mind, Lift your Spirit and Replenish your Soul, written by Hugh Prater in 2000 was introduced to me by a friend who passed the book on when she no longer had room in her book shelf. I instantly grabbed onto the book when I saw the title. Boy, am I glad that I did. This "Little book" as Hugh Prater calls it is so packed with wisom. I just had to share it even though I just started reading it.
One of the first gems of wisdom that I read was on page 5:
"Not only do we give people a piece of our mind, we give them a piece of our happiness, wholeness, focus, and sometimes, a piece of our health."

Who are you giving your piece/peace of mind to? What will it take for you to stop giving away your peace? These are questions I am going to start asking myself. How about you?

Also on page 5 is the following statements:
"Our lives are filled with useless battles because our minds are filled with useless thoughts. We never finish thinking about anything. We carry around unhappy scenes from the past as if they are still happening, and we chew on the memory of whatever we just did. This glut of thoughts profoundly affects the world we perceive and the life we live."

I know that I am guilty of doing this. What parts of the past are you still holding on to? What in your past is still hurting you? What will it take for you to let go of that hurt and those past events or relationships? What will give you closure? I am asking myself these same questions that I am asking you.

This statement on page 7 comes from Hugh Prater's wife, Gayle:
"Make your state of mind more important than what you are doing."

To do this, you have to ask the question, "What is important to your peace of mind?" None of the rest is important. A good question to ask yourself is, "Do you want to be right or do you want to be happy?" That simple question should stop some of the outward battles that the ego likes to involve you in.

This is just a brief sharing of the treasures that I have found in this book just in the first few pages. I will share more as I get further into the pages of this book.
Peace and blessings to you.


Debbie in NC said...

My son, 21, just left to go fishing. It's going to be 70 degrees here in NC. I told him to experience the moment. Don't think of yesterday or tomorrow. Just feel the sun, watch the water, notice the grass, be in the moment...A New Earth.

He said "Mom, all I think about when I'm fishing is fishing."

Youth....and he hugged me goodbye.

Patricia Singleton said...

Debbie, thanks for sharing this beautiful moment with your son. For me, that sense of timelessness and quiet is what I love about my hobbies. My mind can wander or be quiet.

Pat R said...

Patricia - thank you sharing these little nuggets of wisdom.

It's funny what I find flooding in from all directions are themes and topics on the same thing as what is being talked about from Eckhart Tolle's book, "A New Earth - Awakening to Your Life's Purpose". The wisdom has always been there we're just awakening to it.

Patricia Singleton said...

Pat R., I agree with you. It is like we are all picking up on or becoming aware of specific pearls of wisdom as more and more of us are becoming open to hearing. Letting go of the past is my personal theme right now and really has been for my whole journey of recovery. Life is like pealing an onion. We let go in layers. Eventually we will get to the heart of the matter. The heart is pure love. When we reach that center, we truly will just BE.

Ariel - You Are Truly Loved said...

Letting go has fast been arising as one of the central aspects of my life as well. Thank you for bringing this up and for sharing with us some excellent quotes you found on the subject.

Patricia Singleton said...

Ariel, you are welcome. As a past control freak, letting go is a continuing challenge for me.