Posted by: Terri Johnston Fraracci | May 10, 2016

Spiritual Living 101: The art of letting go

Do you know what the definition of insanity is? It is continuing to do the same thing the same way and expecting different results. Trying to control everything in your life is insane. In fact, we have very little control over much more than how we perceive something and our attitude toward it.

Letting go is challenging and frustrating. When we want something, we want it! There are so many things in our lives that we have little or no control over; and yet we push and bully and strive to attain control all the same. Trying to control everyone and everything around you is exhausting and futile.

What would happen if we just let go and let God? According to James J. Messina PhD the benefits are many: First and foremost it restores your sanity. It frees you from the disappointments that idealism often brings. Best of all it puts power back where it belongs; in the hands of God. And what a relief to let someone else be in charge for once!

Read more from Messina here.

Trying to control the uncontrollable is a habit. Changing any habit requires practice. And remember that practice leads to progress, not perfection.

So just how do you practice letting go?

Surrender: Take a look at how you live your life and ask yourself what you try to control, whether it is working or not, and if you are willing to try a different way.
Pray: Move back into the co-pilot seat and let the original Pilot do His job.
Commit: Make a commitment to yourself to let go of just one person or thing today.
Investigate: Look around you and see who seems to be serene no matter what and find out what they do.
Do you know the serenity prayer? It’s a great tool for practicing letting go. – “God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change; the courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference.” Reinhold Niebuhr

 

Here are some ideas to get you started:

Letting Go

Letting Go – Meditation

The little book of letting go – Amazon.com

 

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