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Wisdom for the Day: Letting Go vs. Holding On


March 17, 2016 - 12:50 PM





If you want to experience touching a butterfly, would you want to force that experience, or would you rather it be authentic and natural?

If you want to see the true beauty of a butterfly, it requires no attachment or control.

Imagine you are wanting to touch a butterfly so badly that you keep a butterfly caged between your hands. You can feel the butterfly in your palms, but you can't actually see its beauty. When the butterfly wants to fly away, it cannot because you are restricting it for your own gain.

But if you desire an authentic experience, your palms must be completely open, not closed and only this way can you really see the true beauty of a butterfly and feel it in a happy environment.

It is not forced, or obligated or selfish. It is a chosen experience shared by you AND the butterfly.

You experience the security of really knowing that that butterfly stayed with you because it chose to do so, not because it had to, or was forced to stay. It doesn't make sense to ever question whether the butterfly wants to leave you or fly away, or whether you are forcing it to stay there because the butterfly chose to stay out of its own free will.

This however also requires a depth of love that requires no need and attachment. In other words, unconditional love

This means that you understand that, for a butterfly to be free, there will be a time that it will fly away, and you have to be ok with that. It may come back again, but the time will come when it cannot be with you.

So when the buttery decides to fly away, you get to experience the joy of seeing it be truly free.

If everyone in your life is a butterfly, how are you relating to the relationships in your life? Do you have a sense of control or need and have them caged with your hands around them, or are your hands open, a constant reminder that you are here if they choose to share an experience you?

A more important question is, how are you interacting with yourself? Do you cage yourself in with expectations and judgements of how you should be, could be, were, or aren't, or do you allow yourself just to LOVE yourself unconditionally, regardless of the past, present and future?

Can you let go of control and allow yourself to feel the depth of what would happen? If your hands were actually OPEN and your own butterfly that is YOU, sat itself right in the center of your palm.

When it comes to your butterfly of YOU, are you willing to be open? Are you willing to feel?
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