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Tuesday
Apr102012

Letting Go Even While Blooming

@2012 Photo by Linda SamuelsEven in the blooming, there’s a letting go. The other day, as I drove down the block, I was amazed by how quickly the flowering trees had bloomed and then released those blooms. They seemed to blossom overnight and drop their flowers in less than a week. I noticed that once the flowers were down, new growth appeared on the branches. The trees went from being naked, to flower covered, to bathed with green buds. Each day since, the buds have opened into beautiful green leaves, full of life.

I was thinking how similar this is to our own letting go experience. While it seems that we should just be able to let go and be done, in fact, it’s very much a process, and not a singular event. Like the trees, we begin where we are. We grow, but in order to have more growth, we must be willing to release even those things, which are beautiful. We let the first blooms drop to make room for new ones. This process continues.

The opposite of letting go is holding on. Draw inspiration from this spring season. Be willing to let go of the mind and physical clutter that’s weighing you down, the negative thoughts that are stifling your success, the “yeses” in your too-busy schedule that are causing undue stress, and the micromanaging of everyone and everything.

What will you let go of? What will become possible for you? Where are your growth opportunities? Your thoughts are important. Come join in the conversation about holding on, letting go, and growing.

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Reader Comments (4)

What a lovely observation Linda. I was right there with you . . . looking at the blooming trees, letting go, endings and new beginnings, life's cycles in action . . . signs, guidance for living, displayed everywhere for us to see and follow.
You brought it all together, beautifully, in one paragraph. Thank you!
Happy beginnings!

April 12, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterYota

loving this post.
new here to your blog and feel like its a calm space, a place of connection.
thank you for writing about letting go and holding on, and seasons and time passing.
love and light
Sarah xx

April 12, 2012 | Unregistered Commentersarahwaldin

As always, I appreciate you taking the time to share your thoughts, Yota. I know you are a student of mindfulness and also are "on the look" for the cues in nature that spark our own reflection and growth. Nature does constantly remind us about endings and beginnings...and the cycle that connects them. It's both a comforting and inspiring.

April 12, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterLinda Samuels

Sarah- So wonderful that you've found us. All this month I'm writing about letting go. I noticed a beautiful post you wrote on your blog about letting go called "Stepping Back To Let Go a Little." I'm sure my readers will enjoy it, so I'm including a link: http://www.sarahwaldin.com/blog/2012/4/2/stepping-back-to-let-go-a-little.html

Please stop by anytime. So glad that we are now on one another's radar.

April 12, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterLinda Samuels

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