“Letting go” doesn’t mean forgetting, it means you don’t have to carry it around with you everywhere

Go ahead, pick up a pen or pencil in your hand. Clinch it tightly in your fist and hold your arm up at eye level. Squeeze it as tightly as you can and hold it for the next 30 seconds.

Feel the muscles burning. Feel yourself straining. Feel the fatigue developing in your arm in your hand. Here are the questions in the thoughts coming in your mind wondering why you’re still doing this.

Is 30 seconds up?

OK, go ahead, open your hand and drop the pen or pencil.

How does that feel?

Noticing the sensations of relief in your body. Notice the burning that’s left over. And how it slowly comes.

Does that feel better? Is the pen still there for you to pick up if you need it again? Or your hands now free to do something different?

This is an invitation to put that heavy thing down, you can always pick it up again, but I know there’s something else that’s important for you to do or you can share your best self and that’s meeting for years meaningful for yourself and others.

Go ahead, put that heavy thing down.