These four inquiries came to me from artist Shiloh Sophia, and I thought they were yummy and thought-provoking. I hope you do, too.
4 Veil-Lifting Inquiries
What’s the question you haven’t been willing to ask yourself?
What is in plain view that you aren’t seeing, but need to be?
What calling continues to rise up, that you are yet to answer?
What do you deeply love, that has been being neglected?
This article found me about three-quarters of the way through my California Exile. It helped me remember that more than half of what I came here to do was let go. May it help you in your own.
21 Quotes for Letting Go of the Past
by Bess O’Connor, originally published on Spirituality & Health
Much has been said about the benefits of letting go of the past. Resentment, for example, has been labeled as a toxic poison of sorts. Trying to recreate old memories always leads to disappointment in an ever-changing environment and the past can also carry heavy baggage that can weigh on our body, mind and spirit.
When we let go of the past we make room for the new – and with forgiveness in your heart and positive intentions – it can get better and better. Here are 21 quotes to help you let go of anything that doesn’t serve you anymore.
- Anything I cannot transform into something marvelous, I let go.
- Breathe. Let go. And remind yourself that this very moment is the only one you know you have for sure.
- Courage is the power to let go of the familiar.
- Everybody’s got a past. The past does not equal the future unless you live there.
- Forgiveness means letting go of the past.
- Holding on is believing that there’s only a past; letting go is knowing that there’s a future.
Daphne Rose Kingma
- I demolish my bridges behind me…then there is no choice but to move forward.
- I realize there’s something incredibly honest about trees in winter, how they’re experts at letting things go.
- If you didn’t love him, this never would have happened. But you did. And accepting that love and everything that followed it is part of letting it go.
- In the process of letting go you will lose many things from the past, but you will find yourself.
- It’s hard to be clear about who you are when you are carrying around a bunch of baggage from the past. I’ve learned to let go and move more quickly into the next place.
- Let go of your attachment to being right, and suddenly your mind is more open.
- Let go. Why do you cling to pain? There is nothing you can do about the wrongs of yesterday. It is not yours to judge. Why hold on to the very thing which keeps you from hope and love?
- Letting go doesn’t mean that you don’t care about someone anymore. It’s just realizing that the only person you really have control over is yourself.
- Letting go helps us to live in a more peaceful state of mind and helps restore our balance. It allows others to be responsible for themselves and for us to take our hands off situations that do not belong to us. This frees us from unnecessary stress.
- Letting go means to come to the realization that some people are a part of your history, but not a part of your destiny.
- Never love something so much that you can’t let go of it.
- Nirvana means to extinguish the burning fires of the Three Poisons: greed, anger, and ignorance. This can be accomplished by letting go of dissatisfaction.
- Nothing in the universe can stop you from letting go and starting over.
- Open your arms to change, but don’t let go of your values.
- Pain will leave you, when you let go.
Psychotherapist Rick Hanson’s email named for his book, Just One Thing, is the source of this Seed. Rick writes,
For example, as I’ve lately been focusing on relaxing and rejuvenating after some medical stuff, it’s painfully obvious how much my mind is filled with themes of work: little details of tasks to do, problems to avert, opportunities to capture keep swelling up again into awareness to capture my attention. For a friend of mine, the wallpaper of her own mind, as she puts it, is rumination about her health problems.
I loved this! The wallpaper of her own mind. What’s your mind wallpaper? Wallpaper has come to mean computer desktop backgrounds. So much so that there are websites called wallpaper for walls!
I tend to use a phrase as a default wallpaper. Mine is: I AM. I breathe to it. I think on it, I let it wrap me in its wholeness.
This week think about the wallpaper of your own mind. Do you like what you’ve got there? If so, great. If not, hang some new wallpaper of your new choosing.
Seeds XVII, 43