Holding on to that which is unnecessary clutters one’s mind and space. When the mind and space is cluttered it is easy to view the world through a lens of scarcity. It is as if we hope that by clinging onto something, whatever it is, we will never need. Yet what we cling to can become our prison.
As a spiritual practice, try to let go of something daily. Is there something broken that you mean to repair someday, but have not gotten to? Put it in the trash. Let it go. Experience the freedom of letting go of that which is junk; do not donate it. Acknowledge that things break. Things wear out. Things lose usefulness. Why pass along something whose day is done? If you cannot repurpose or recycle it, let it go.
If you wish to donate things, do it while they are still useful and in good repair. Be responsible enough to own the fact, when an item is no longer useful. Dispose of it appropriately. It is not an act of charity to donate garbage, if in fact what you donate will end up in the garbage anyway.
If you have two items and need only one, give the extra away. Do not worry whether you might need it later or not. Enjoy the pleasure of sharing your excess. Trust that more will come your way if ever you truly lack.
Let your practice of letting go of tangible things become the pathway for teaching you how to let go of the intangible. Practice on what is easy so that you may release yourself of what is difficult.
Let go of old wounds. Experience the freedom of forgiving yourself and others. Be generous about this.
Some years ago, when I was about 12, my friend’s father screamed at me in the middle of dinner at their house because I was using a spoon rather than a fork. I remember vividly the sense of injustice and shame I felt in that moment. But over time I realized the event said more about him and his view of the world than it did about me or my habits. I let it go.
What is your “spoon” moment? Reflect on it and let it go. Experience the freedom of choosing to no longer need to be right or to be a victim. Choose to let that person be imperfect and love him or her anyway. Be liberal and generous about letting go of deep wounds.
Let go of fears. Experience the freedom of taking risks. Allow yourself the freedom to make mistakes and to have a learning curve. Step outside of your comfort zone. Discover your strengths. Discover who may step in to help you. Discover the joy of having a larger world than you thought possible.
Let go of your excuses and the need to be perfect. Start those unfinished projects or tasks. Experience the joy of making progress. Allow yourself to do things less than perfectly.
With time and daily practice, letting go can become easier, and as a benefit, you will be to discover that nothing is that permanent. Neither joy, nor pain will last forever. Things are relative. There is much freedom awaiting you.