“If we have no peace, it is because we have forgotten that we belong to each other.”
— MOTHER TERESA
Written by Erin
The words “let” and “go” are two that I’ve heard in every other yoga class through the past years of attending group classes regularly. Sometimes teachers will say something along the lines of, “just let go,” with a nonchalance in their voice or suggest a mantra to add to match your breathing; inhaling repeat the word “let” and breathing out “go”.
With this repetitive suggestion to simply let go, I have responded in frustration, irritation, concern (for myself), anxiety, and annoyance. I have often thought, well I can’t just let go. It’s impossible. Too much to think about. Too much to solve. I have to find solutions. Letting go is impossible. Something must be wrong with me. I’ll never be able to relax. I was trying really hard and being really negative.
On the 21st of June, the Northern Hemisphere celebrates the longest day of our year.
Under the bright Sun
Let us warm ourselves
Among the blossoms
Let our souls be nourished
In harmony with Sparrows and Bluebirds
Let us lift our heart's song
Under the waning Moon
Let us take rest
I stop to smell the flowers
I know they won't last long...
Molly Jo Stanley
Educating for Mindfulness and Sustainability