When I saw writer, poet and speaker David Whyte awhile back for a beautiful program, he described the art of letting go as posing the question, and I’m paraphrasing him, these are from my messy notes, ‘Can we give away everything that is already on its way out, can we give it up, and let it move downstream?’
I adore water visuals as aids. And the idea of letting some go downstream with the natural flow, with the direction in which is heading anyway appeals so much. On one of our Byron Bay Retreats, we visited our friends Kim’s property and together we hosted a workshop on creativity and consciousness and we took this philosophy into practice. After a guided meditation, everyone collected leaves and wrote on them the words that represented something they needed to let go of. Single words encapsulating for them what needed to be released downriver. And in the quiet of the gum trees creaking, and the river slipping along the banks, we drifted leaves downstream.
It was incredibly cathartic, and everyone was surprised at how such a simple gesture could have such a profound impact.
Why don’t you try it?
Written with love,