On January 16, 2012 I blogged on “Letting Go of the Familiar.” Today is May 14, 2012 and I’m still learning how important it is to let go. I see the need to stay mindful so I can recognize when I need to leave something behind.
When the water dries up you can do one of two things. You can move on to another river or you can paint the rocks blue and pretend there’s still water. I cannot remember where or when I heard this but it has stuck with me and I think of it often.
When we’re caught in what is familiar and comfortable it is easy to paint the rocks blue. As long as we can pretend everything is okay we can stay put and not venture into the unknown. It’s scary to wander off from a comfortable, seemingly secure place, person, or experience.
I’ve had more than my share of leaving. In many cases I was told I was crazy to walk away from what looked secure. Every time I walked away or let go of somebody or something, I did so with fear and trepidation. It was never easy and it has not gotten easier.
I’ve tried painting the rocks blue many times, but in the end I did what I needed to do. I left or I let go. In hindsight I can see how much I’ve gained by stepping away.
- I left a religion and a church and I found goddess/god and spirituality.
- I left a marriage and a man I didn’t love and I found unconditional love.
- I left a steady job with full benefits and found my creative niche.
- I left what was expected of me and what was familiar and found myself.
- I ventured out and left my birth family and found my family of choice.
- I left what I thought I knew beyond a shadow of a doubt and found wisdom.
- I left the demands of others and found my own path.
- I left my youth and a need to look a certain way and found my beautiful Crone Self.
- I left a house that was sticks and stones and found a home.
- I let go of my life as I knew it and gained my soul.
- I left my need to saveand heal others and found healing for myself.
In retrospect, I’ve gained gifts beyond my imagination by letting go and leaving the familiar. I am able to sit still and be silent, live in peace, face my shadow self with courage and light, bring awareness to everything happening in my life and around me, be mindful and present, and feel a spring of joy bubbling in my core.
I have no regrets for anything Ive let go of, and given the chance to do it again I’d do the same. I’d choose life, the spiritual path, universal knowing and expansion and grace.
- Letting Go of the Familiar (brendamarroyauthor.com)
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