The whole and its parts

The whole & its parts

Letting go

Sometimes people will become attached to something or someone.

That’s fine until it isn’t anymore.

When control takes over, when there is no letting go, being attached will have transformed itself into being glued.

We are born with the ability to let go. It’s a journey to become able to connect it with attachment.

Babies start to learn this when playing peek-a-boo. It starts with learning to understand object permanence. As babies learn that objects can move out of sight and still exist, they start to learn that attachment can be independent from letting go.

It’s when the game doesn’t work or doesn’t repeat itself in everyday situations that fear of attachment and letting go may establish itself.

The giggling when playing peek-a-boo transforms itself to excitement, as children grow older and start to play games like hide-and-seek. There is excitement to win and find the other which connects with the tension of having to find the other. Playing hide and seek establishes a reason to let go. It’s the only way to feel the excitement of finding the other.

Daily life has its own variants of peek-a-boo or hide-and-seek. Maybe not with the same excitement and tension. When tension transforms itself into anxiety or fear, when excitement isn’t palpable anymore there is a way to come back to a natural understanding of letting go.

The only way to take in another breath of air is to let go of the previous one.

The only way to hear the sound of a bell is to pull the string and let it go.


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