I recently listened to Alison Wright being interviewed by Dan Harris on his 10% Happier podcast, which led me to her book, “Learning to Breathe.” There was a scene in the book about letting go that really struck me:
“One day I approached Fred, a Swiss (meditation) teacher who was helping Christopher lead the retreat. ‘It’s difficult for me to not want to hold on to the people and things that mean so much to me in my life,’ I told him. ‘Yet I don’t want to become totally emotionally removed. What is the difference between detachment and unattachment?’ Fred took a pen and held it downward in his clenched hand. When he let go, it fell to the floor. ‘Unattachment,’ said Fred. He then took the pen and rested it in the open palm of his hand. ‘Letting go,’ he said. Then, with his typical sense of humor, he added one more insight…‘So you see, Alison,’ Fred said laughing, ‘it’s all how you ask the question. Letting go doesn’t necessarily mean getting rid of.’
I am still processing what this means to me in terms of decluttering. But “Letting go doesn’t necessarily mean getting rid of.” Seems important somehow to the idea of making space for what I love (our Neat & Tidy motto). What does it mean to you?
Source: Learning to Breathe: One Woman’s Journey of Spirit and Survival (pp. 134-135). Alison Wright. Penguin Publishing Group.