The Practice of “Continual Letting Go”

My past week has been heavy, and today, while browsing my Gmail inbox I came across an unread message from one of the blogs I am subscribed to. The article is about the practice of continual letting go when you are overwhelmed – which is written by Leo Babauta of Zen Habits
In the midst of busyness and overwhelming situation, the author shared that he remembered the practice  of continual letting. How did he do that. As a Zen practice, continual letting need not be stressful. When we realize, don’t know, the author shared that:

  • We don’t have to be mad when someone is acting in a way we don’t like.
  • We don’t have to have anxiety when we don’t know if things will go as planned or hoped. 
  • We don’t have to have all the answers.  We can have questions and curiosity instead. 
  • We don’t have to get into a tense “No I’m right” battle with anyone else. 
  • We don’t judge other people as much, so we can be open to who they are and have a good relationship with them. 
  • We don’t have to control things, but can instead just try to be helpful without controlling the outcome. 
Now, I am asking myself. Should have I read this article way way back and perfected the art of letting go, the problem I am facing now may not happen or could have happened but with lesser impact to me and the other party. I really don’t know…but I will keep these things in mind so that future conflicts will be avoided. 
Here is the link to the original article: 

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