What comes to mind when you hear that phrase? Probably that ubiquitous song from the movie Frozen, especially for you parents out there.
But what else comes to mind?
A physical action, maybe even a sense of stuckness.
Definition of let it go: relinquishing one's grip on something or someone; allow something or someone to escape or go free.
To me these definitions require you to actively do something that you may or may not be able to do.
How often do you want to let things go? How often are you fighting to let things go? And how often do you feel stuck because you feel like you can't.
Many people think that acceptance, as we talk about it from a mindfulness perspective, is about letting go, but really it doesn't have to be.
Acceptance is about paying attention to our thoughts and feelings without judging them and without labeling them as right or wrong. So acceptance doesn't mean we have to “let it go.”
What if we took a different approach to our troubling thoughts and feelings. What if we just...
Let it be
Definition of let it be: To leave something to follow its natural course.
Every time I say that phrase I think of the Beatles song, I just can't help myself.
But you know if you think about it, it makes a lot of sense.
As Paul McCartney wrote and sang, “Let it be, let it be...there will be an answer, let it be.”
So maybe by letting it be we are really letting it go...
But in a more accepting, kind, and gentle way.
Maybe letting it be will help us to find an answer
or at the very least, allow us to make peace with our present moment.
After all, isn't that what life is about?
Living fully in the present moment.
So next time you are dealing with something difficult or someone tells you that you have to let it go, Maybe you can just think to yourself let it be.
Doesn't that seem like the kinder and gentler way to accept your thoughts, troubles, and feelings?
So today, maybe you can just let it be.
Written by Monti Pal, LPC
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