The art of letting go

pomegranate-1307089_960_720As my son begins to wean himself off breast milk I am reminded of the importance of letting go. He is entering into a new phase of development and his dietary requirements are changing as his independence grows. I have a strong instinct to nourish him, but must tread the line of nurturing and letting go so that he can flourish.

This balance of nurturing and letting go is true throughout our life. We see it everywhere in nature at times of transition. At the end of pregnancy we let go in order to give birth, at the end of the monthly cycle we let go for menses, as fruit ripens the tree lets go so that it can fall and in autumn the land lets go for crops to be harvested. There is a constant cycle of nurturing and building and then letting go.

The more we can tune into this cycle the more we can also respond to our own changing needs. There are times in our life when we may need to eat certain foods to support our health for example, but then we need to let go and respond to what our body needs as our requirements change. If we fail to respond and continue to eat the same foods day after day then we limit our own potential to grow.

I often see this in my clinical practice where patients hold onto a particular diet and are not able to let it go when it is no longer serving them. This creates new imbalances and a state of contraction, rather than flow and growth.

If we turn to nature and the innate cycles within it we can strengthen our awareness of the art of letting go. So now, as I turn to my heart and start to let go of breastfeeding, I am off for a walk in the countryside.