An Inward Journey: Letting Go.
I thought I am letting go off things.
I did let go my first rattle, my first toy,
My first book and my favorite dress.
I thought I am letting go off people.
I did let go my best friends, my grandpa,
My first crush and my favorite teacher.
I thought I am letting go off places.
I did move out of my first home, my own room,
My secret hiding spot and my favorite park.
I thought I am letting go off my emotions.
I did slowly let go my fears, my anxieties,
My biggest inhibition and my over possessiveness.
But, what I just discovered, disturbed me;
I have let go one thing only to cling on to another.
I have replaced one person by another.
I have switched one place with another.
I have overpowered one emotion by another.
How Do You Let Go then? Actually Let Go.
Not just replace one by another,
But let go and not have any.
When I was looking around for an answer to this dilemma, I came across a beautiful thought by Sri Ramana Maharshi. It read:
“Think of God; attachments will gradually drop away. If you wait till all desires disappear before starting your devotion and prayer, you will have to wait for a very long time indeed.”
It was such an apt message for my state of mind.
God can be that supreme power that we believe in. That power can have a form or no form depending on how we perceive it and what we have trained our mind to believe in. It is not easy for sure. But atleast when our mind seems extremely disturbed by the desires, the attachments and the inability to let go, this is something we can try.
Rather than trying to pick up every spec of dust on the floor, get a bucket of water and pour it on the floor. Don’t worry about the dust because the water can take care of it.
Over a period of time there can be more dust accumulated but then, we have our water handy! 🙂