Allowing Things to Happen

“Today I will let things happen without worrying about the significance of each event. I will trust that this will bring about my growth faster than running around with a microscope. I will have faith that my lessons will reveal themselves in their own time.” ~ Melody Beattie, The Language of Letting Go

What a powerful message of letting go of super-scrutiny! I know there is tremendous significance and meaning in the things that happen to us–but isn’t it sometimes exhausting to worry over what everything means?

When I try to figure everything out, my brain tends to go on overdrive, causing me to take an hour or two to fall asleep. These dark circles under my eyes are here for a reason: monkey mind and lack of sleep. What if, instead of worrying over the enormity of saying goodbye to my childhood home or the significance of my mother getting married or of the spider-web scramble of deciding which direction my business should go, I just sat with all of it and let it be? What if I let myself off the hook right now and allowed myself to be purely present my feelings?  What would happen if I just allowed things to happen?

During a time of huge change in my life, I am finding comfort in Beattie’s wisdom.  How might you apply this idea of “letting things happen” in your own life?


About Courtney Putnam

I first came to healing work through art and writing. Creating collage art and poetry in particular allowed me to deeply understand the benefit of self-expression in the healing process. But, I also began to see the benefit of bodywork (manual work in the form of massage and energywork in the form of Reiki) as keys to unlocking the emotional stresses we hold in our bodies. I became a Reiki practitioner in 2002, received an MFA in Creative Writing in 2003, received my massage license in the spring of 2006, and became a Reiki Master in 2010. In my practice I bring together these three areas -- the body, the mind, and the spirit (or energy body) -- so others may experience profound and positive change in their lives.
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