My husband was struggling the other day with a decision to give away bins full of art supplies collected over the years. We had a big realization together. If we continue to hold on to supplies for that future art project that may, or may never happen, are we putting out signals that we don't trust that the universe will provide for us in the future? Do you think that if we let more things go, the supplies, the resources, and whatever else we may need, will come to us when we are ready?
I've been thinking a lot about this idea of "hording" and holding on and how some of that has to come from a place of fear. Being aware of this, I try to look at the things in my life that I hold on to. One thing that I love to hold on to are books. I love my books. They are a great source of inspiration to me. I usually keep books because they remind me of certain times in my life, or I might refer back to them, or I especially love passing them on to family and friends. But I do have some books that I've just held on to thinking I may need them in the future.
So the other morning I woke up thinking, today I'm going to return my library books, and I'm going to let go of any books I don't need anymore. Because when I make space in my life, and I trust that the universe will provide, then I can trust that when I'm ready for new books, they will come to me.
And that's just what happened. I was picking up my lunch at a local pizza place when I heard a woman from behind the counter say, "Labradorite?" I knew exactly what she was referring to. I was wearing one of my treasured necklaces, a labradorite stone that I bought when I lived in Boulder, Colorado. The woman proceeded to ask me questions about the necklace and she wondered if I believed in the power of stones. I could tell she was quite passionate about stones and it was really wonderful to see.
She then told me, "You have to get the book Love Comes From the Earth." Isn't that a great title? This was a simple reminder of what comes when we can let go of even the smallest things. And all it took for my new book to find me was a slice of pizza, a warm smile and the openness to connect to another person who crossed my path.Your Personal Reflection: What do you hold on to, physically, mentally and emotionally? Is there something in your life that you can let go of because it no longer serves a purpose?