August 14, 2013
I have no idea who wrote this poem, but I have come across it from time to time with great admiration.
TO “LET GO” TAKES LOVE
To “let go” does not mean to stop caring,
it means I can’t do it for someone else.
To “let go” is not to cut myself off,
it is the realisation I can’t control another.
To “let go” is not to enable,
but to allow learning from natural consequences.
To “let go” is to admit powerlessness,
which means that the outcome is not in my hands.
To “let go” is not to try to change or blame another,
it is to make the most of myself.
To “let go” is not to care for,
but to care about.
To “let go” is not to fix,
but to be supportive.
To “let go” is not to judge,
but to allow another to be a human being.
To “let go” is not to be in the middle, arranging the outcomes,
but to allow others to affect their own destinies,
To “let go” is not to be protective,
but to permit another to face reality.
To “let go” is not to deny,
but to accept.
To “let go” is not to nag, scold, or argue,
but to search out my own shortcomings and to correct them.
To “let go” is not to adjust everything to my desires,
but to take every day as it comes, and to cherish myself in it.
To “let go” is not to criticize and regulate anybody,
but to try to become what I dream I can be.
To “let go” is not to regret the past,
but to grow and live for the future.
To “let go” is to fear less and love more.
August 4, 2013
The ring finger is associated with the root chakra, which governs our sense of feeling rooted and stable. This is a significant understanding for us during this time of year, with the heat of summer in full force. Summer brings with it hot burning action, and this season we inherently feel like life is moving in a faster pace. This year in particular, has had an added element of increased water flow with an abundance of the rain across the nation. Combining the movement of water, and the heat of summer means we really need to balance our energies with the stability of the earth.
The earth energy provides us with not only stability, but also with stamina, resilience, staying power, and security. In Yogic thought, the ring finger is intimately connected to the energy of the earth. In Chinese philosophy, the ring finger is connected to the meridian (energy line) of the liver. The function of the liver meridian, is that it gives a person patience and hope as well as regulating body temperature and cellular function. If it works in an optimal manner, it provides an ability to maintain equilibrium in stressful situations and have a strong immune system.
Whether we are realizing the ring finger’s energy as being earth related, or liver related, the effects are the same. Having staying power also means having a sense of groundedness in your body, in your mental and emotional state, and in life’s many situations.
To bring greater awareness to and to stimulate this earth energy, enjoy this practice:
- Find a comfortable seated or lying position.
- If possible, surround yourself with earth elements (plants, trees, rocks, sand, etc.)
- Encircle your left ring finger with the four fingers of your right hand, with the right thumb extending to the middle of your left hand. Rest hands in lap with this mudra (seal).
- Close your eyes and visualize a natural, dry place on earth. Perhaps rocky mountains or desert. Breathe in the energy of your visualized surroundings.
- Next visualize fertile earth, with green, lush growth of plant life and sustainability.
- Recognize your intimate connection to the earth’s elements, allowing your body to breathe with the pulse of life on earth, until it becomes difficult to discern the different between the earth breathing, and your body breathing. Breathe the earth into your body.
- Repeat this visualization practice with the other hand for the same amount of time.
- Affirm: I belong here in this space and time. The power of the Earth gives me secure stability, staying power, safety and assertiveness.