As a part of the Lent observance of ‘fasting’ is also the ability and willingness to ‘let go.’
Honestly, learning to let go has been a challenge for me over the years because I tend to hang on to people and things long after I needed to let them go. It is so easy to just stay in a familiar situation rather than letting go and moving on. But, the only way to continue to grow is to learn when and how to let go.
Ernest Holmes, author and founder of Science of Mind, addresses the need of letting go in the following quote:
If one would take time, once a day at least, to let go of all that is not true and lay hold of Reality: let go of doubt, distrust, worry, condemnation and fear, and lay hold of Life in Its expressions of beauty, truth and wholeness, his mental congestion would be healed. ~Ernest Holmes, Science of Mind
Following the Lent Affirmations, every other day teaches us to ‘fast’ or ‘let go’ of what no longer services us or our lives. (check out the Lent Affirmations on my Facebook Group: Spiritual Abundance). I enjoy this daily reminder of what is valuable and what is not!
Here is a short list of hindrances — what we ‘fast’ and let go of — from the Unity booklet:
- Judging others
- Emphasis on differences
- Apparent darkness
- Thoughts of illness
- Words that pollute
- Facts that depress
- Shadows of sorrow
- Problems that overwhelm
How much happier we are when we learn to let go!
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