Letting go (quotes)

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Let your life be a deep letting go

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Life is a mingling of holding on and letting go

  • All the art of living lies in a fine mingling of letting go and holding on. Henry Havelock Ellis
  • Your hand opens and closes, opens and closes. If it were always a fist or always stretched open, you would be paralysed. Your deepest presence is in every small contracting and expanding, the two as beautifully balanced and coordinated as birds’ wings. Rumi
  • Don’t hold on too long, but don’t let go too soon. Find a balance. Morrie Swartz
  • Some people believe holding on and hanging in there are signs of great strength. However, there are times when it takes much more strength to know when to let go and then do it. Ann Landers
  • There are times in life when people must know when not to let go. Balloons are designed to teach small children this. Terry Pratchett
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Letting go can be a sign of strength

  • Some of us think holding on makes us strong, but sometimes it is letting go. Herman Hesse
  • Giving up doesn’t always mean you are weak. Sometimes it means that you are strong enough to let go.
  • Some people believe holding on and hanging in there are signs of great strength. However, there are times when it takes much more strength to know when to let go and then do it. Ann Landers
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Let life be a deep letting go

  • Don’t try to force anything. Let life be a deep let-go. See God opening millions of flowers every day without forcing the buds. Rajneesh
  • Every breath is an opportunity to receive and let go. I receive love and I let go of pain. Brenda MacIntyre
  • Feeling sad about anything is holding onto it. Say, ‘This is something I have to let go of,’ and immediately you will feel better. Lester Levenson
  • Holding on too tight can only cause pain and frustration. Everything in life is temporary, we will have to let go of everything eventually- even life itself.  Amanda Harvey
  • If you realize that all things change, there is nothing you will try to hold onto. Lao Tzu
  • In the end, just three things matter: How well we have lived. How well we have loved. How well we have learned to let go. Jack Kornfield
  • Learning to let go should be learned before learning to get. Life should be touched, not strangled. You’ve got to relax, let it happen at times, and at others move forward with it. Ray Bradbury
  • Learning to live is learning to let go. Sogyal Rinpoche
  • Let go of what has passed. Let go of what may come. Let go of what is happening now. Don’t try to figure anything out. Don’t try to make anything happen. Relax, right now, and rest. Tilopa
  • Letting go is the lesson. Letting go is always the lesson. Have you ever noticed how much of our agony is all tied up with craving and loss? Susan Gordon Lydon
  • Letting go isn’t the end of the world; it’s the beginning of a new life.
  • Sometimes letting things go is an act of far greater power than defending or hanging on. Eckhart Tolle
  • There is love in holding and there is love in letting go. Elizabeth Berg
  • There’s an important difference between giving up and letting go. Jessica Hatchigan
  • Was it hard?” I ask. Letting go?… Not as hard as holding on to something that wasn’t real. Lisa Schroeder
  • In the end these things matter most: How well did you love? How fully did you love?  How deeply did you learn to let go?  the Buddha
  • Whatever life takes away from you, let it go. Miguel Ruiz
  • I realise there’s something incredibly honest about trees in winter, how they’re experts at letting things go. Jeffrey McDaniel
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Stop clinging and open your fist

  • To hold, you must first open your hand. Let go. Lao Tzu
  • Don’t cling to anything. Clinging is the cause of our being unconscious. Osho
  • Open the fist clenched in wanting and see what you already hold in your hand.
  • Nothing is to be clung to as I, me, or mine. Buddha
  • He who grasps, lets slip. Lao Tzu
  • We must learn to let go as easily as we grasp or we will find our hands full and our minds empty. Leo Buscaglia
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Hold on by letting go

  • To hold, you must first open your hand. Let go. Lao Tzu
  • Sometimes the best way to hold onto something is to let it go.
  • Sometimes you have to let go to see if there was anything worth holding on to.
  • One wears one’s mind out in study, and yet has more mind with which to study. One gives away one’s heart in love and yet has more heart to give away.  One perishes out of pity for a suffering world and is stronger therefore.  So, too, it is possible at one and the same time to hold on to life and let go.  Milton Steinberg
  • We find by losing. We hold fast by letting go.  Frederick Buechner
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The rewards of letting go

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Letting go provides great rewards

  • To be full of things is to be empty of God. To be empty of things is to be full of God. Meister Eckhart
  • Sometimes you have to let go of what you have now in order to move forward. Celestine Chua
  • What is the way out? Sometimes by letting go, we allow some grace to enter by another channel which all our mental efforts have hitherto kept out.  Rodney Collin
  • When everything that can be let go of is let go of, what remains is what we desire above all else. Rupert Spira
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Letting go brings freedom

  • Breath by breath, let go of fear, expectation, anger, regret, cravings, frustration, fatigue. Let go of the need for approval. Let go of old judgments and opinions. Die to all that and fly free. Soar in the freedom of desirelessness. Let go. Let Be. See through everything and be free, complete, luminous, at home — at ease. Lama Surya Das
  • Letting go gives us freedom, and freedom is the only condition for happiness. If, in our heart, we still cling to anything – anger, anxiety, or possessions – we cannot be free.  Thich Nhat Hanh
  • Once you stop clinging and let things be, you’ll be free, even of birth and death. You’ll transform everything. Bodhidharma
  • The river delights to lift us free, if only we dare let go. Richard Bach
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Letting go brings happiness

  • One of the simplest ways to stay happy is to let go of the things that make you feel sad.
  • Letting go gives us freedom and freedom is the only condition for happiness. Thich Nhat Hanh
  • Learn to let go. That is the key to happiness.  Buddha
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Letting go brings peace

  • If you let go a little, you will have a little peace. If you let go a lot, you will have a lot of peace. If you let go completely, you will know complete peace and freedom. Your struggles with the world will have come to an end. Ajahn Chah
  • The day I understood everything, was the day I stopped trying to figure everything out. The day I knew peace was the day I let everything go. C. JoyBell
  • When the mind is left without anything to cling to, it becomes still. Ramana Maharshi
  • What would we have to hold in compassion to be at peace right now? What would we have to let go of to be at peace right now? by Jack Kornfield
  • If you let go a little, you will have a little peace. If you let go a lot, you will have a lot of peace. If you let go completely, you will have complete peace. Ajahn Chan
  • Letting go helps us to to live in a more peaceful state of mind and helps restore our balance. It allows others to be responsible for themselves and for us to take our hands off situations that do not belong to us. This frees us from unnecessary stress. Melody Beattie
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Letting go brings healing

  • Healing may not be so much about getting better, as about letting go of everything that isn’t you – all of the expectations, all of the beliefs – and becoming who you are. Rachel Naomi Remen
  • Pain will leave you, when you let go. Jeremy Aldana
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Letting go brings a simpler, more fulfilled life

  • We must be willing to let go of the life we have planned, so as to accept the life that is waiting for us. Joseph Campbell
  • Letting go isn’t the end of the world; it’s the beginning of a new life.
  • The greatest step towards a life of simplicity is to learn to let go. Steve Marabol
  • In the end, the treasure of life is missed by those who hold on and gained by those who let go. Lao Tzu
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Letting go allows you to find yourself and be all you can be

  • In the process of letting go you will lose many things from the past, but you will find yourself. It will be a permanent Self, rooted in awareness and creativity. Once you have captured this, you have captured the world. Deepak Chopra
  • When I let go of what I am, I become what I might be. Lao Tzu
  • The greatest thing is, at any moment, to be willing to give up who we are in order to become all that we can be. Max De Pree
  • Be willing to let go of who you think you should be in order to be who you are. Brené Brown
  • Let go of who you think you’re supposed to be and embrace who you are. Rene Brown
  • Waking up to who you are requires letting go of who you imagine yourself to be. Alan Watts
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Letting go allows you to receive

  • Holding on to anything is like holding on to your breath. You will suffocate. The only way to get anything in the physical universe is by letting go of it. Let go and it will be yours forever. Deepak Chopra
  • Abundance is a process of letting go; that which is empty can receive. Bryant H. McGill
  • The bird of paradise alights only upon the hand that does not grasp. John Berry
  • The tighter you squeeze, the less you have. Thomas Merton
  • The Tao Te Ching says, When I let go of what I am, I become what I might be. When I let go of what I have, I receive what I need. Have you ever struggled to find work or love, only to find them after you have given up?  This is the paradox of letting go. Let go, in order to achieve.  Letting go is God’s law.  Mary Manin Morrissey
  • We must learn to let go, to give up, to make room for the things we have prayed for and desired. Charles Fillmore
  • Trying creates impossibilities, letting go creates what is desired. Stalking Wolf
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Letting go brings accomplishment

  • The more you let go the more you accomplish. Stephen C. Paul
  • By letting it go it all gets done. The world is won by those who let it go. But when you try and try. The world is beyond the winning. Lao Tzu
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Letting go breathes life into love

  • Sometimes love means letting go when you want to hold on tighter. Melissa Marr
  • There is love in holding and there is love in letting go. Elizabeth Berg
  • There ain’t no way you can hold onto something that wants to go, you understand? You can only love what you got while you got it. Kate DiCamillo
  • Love lets go. Need holds on. This is the way you can tell the difference between need and love. Let go of expectation, let go of requirements and rules and regulations that you would impose on your loved ones. Neale Donald Walsch
  • Love is letting go of Fear. Gerald Jampolsky
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Let go by …

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Let go by letting things be as they are …

  • Detachment means letting go and non-attachment means simply letting be. Stephen Levine
  • It’s not a matter of letting go—you would if you could. Instead of “Let it go,” we should probably say “Let it be.” Jon Kabat-Zinn
  • To let go means to give up coercing, resisting, or struggling, in exchange for something more powerful and wholesome which comes out of allowing things to be as they are without getting caught up in your attraction to or rejection of them, in the intrinsic stickiness of wanting, of liking and disliking. Jon Kabat-Zinn
  • The main point is that we all need to be reminded and encouraged to relax with whatever arises and bring whatever we encounter to the path. Pema Chodron
  • Letting be. With this quality of awareness, you can simply let things be as they are, with no need to try to let go of whatever is present. Bob Stahl
  • Letting go of control, letting everything be as it is, is a means of letting go of effort. Adyashanti
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… through the power of acceptance

  • To let go is not to deny, but to accept.
  • Acceptance is a letting-go process. You let go of your wishes and demands that life can be different.  It’s a conscious choice.  Gary Emery
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Let go by going with the flow

  • We cling to things in the past and cling to things in the present… Do you want to enjoy a symphony? Don’t hold on to a few bars of the music. Don’t hold on to a couple of notes. Let them pass, let them flow. The whole enjoyment of a symphony lies in your readiness to allow the notes to pass… Anthony de Mello
  • Everything in the universe flows. You can’t get ahold of water by clutching it. Let your hand relax and you can experience it. Wayne Dyer
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Let go through the power of breathing

  • Let go. And remind yourself that this moment is the only one you know you have for sure. Oprah Winfrey
  • Every breath is an opportunity to receive and let go. Brenda MacIntyre
  • As we free our breath (with diaphragmatic breathing) we relax our emotions and let go our body tensions. Gay Hendricks
  • Every out breath is an opportunity to let go and relax. Joan Borysenko
  • The practice is simply this: keep coming back to your breath during the day. Just take a moment. This will give your mind a steadiness and your breath a gracefulness…. There’s so much to let go of, isn’t there? Your nostalgia and your regrets. Your fantasies and your fears. What you think you want instead of what is happening right now. Breathe. Rodney Yee
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Let go through understanding

  • You don’t need strength to let go of something. What you really need is understanding. Guy Finley
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Let go by trusting the universe

  • Let go and trust; allow inspiration and imagination to lead the way beyond the limitations of what the mind knows. Linda Saccoccio
  • All you gotta do is chill out… Let go of control and chill out… Let it be, trust. Abraham-Hicks
  • I let go and trust that all is happening perfectly. Susan Jeffers
  • When you let go of everything you think you know and just trust, life has a way of working itself out that’s better than you could ever imagine. Jackson Kiddard
  • A great deal of anxiety is caused by trying to hang on to the illusion that we can control life, when we really just need to let go and trust that the universe is taking us exactly where we need to go. Trust that we have the strength and the wisdom to handle whatever circumstances come our way. Amanda Harvey
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Let go through the power of relaxation

  • You’ve got to relax, let it happen at times, and at others move forward with it. Ray Bradbury
  • Learning to let go should be learned before learning to get. Life should be touched, not strangled. You’ve got to relax, let it happen at times, and at others move forward with it. Ray Bradbury
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Let go by transcending fear

  • Why, then, do we hold onto the old so earnestly? What is the block to letting go in the moment? That block is fear: lack of faith in ourselves and in life. If I give up a bad relationship, maybe no one better will come along. If I look for a new job, maybe I’ll get a worse one. If I let go of my suspicion, maybe I’ll be hurt and disappointed by people. It’s fear that masquerades as the need to control, and fear that deprives us of the chance to be free. Joan Borysenko
  • The key to change is to let go of fear. Rosanne Cash
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Let go by releasing attachment to what is …

  • Once we see that everything is impermanent and ungraspable and that we create a huge amount of suffering if we are attached to things staying the same, we realize that relaxing and letting go is a wiser way to live. Jack Kornfield
  • One of the primary insights is the nature of impermanence. In the deepest forms of this insight, we see that things change so quickly that we can’t hold onto anything, and eventually the mind lets go of clinging. Letting go brings equanimity; the greater the letting go, the deeper the equanimity. Gil Fronsdal
  • To work toward equanimity, we let go of attachments and accept ourselves, our situation, and our world. Joseph Naft
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… by relinquishing resistance to change

  • Are you holding on to something in your past? Why not totally let go? Letting go is difficult.  We resist change and want to hold on to the past. We are afraid of the unknown.  Yet impermanence is a truth of life. Change is a natural rhythm.  Susan Santucci
  • Courage is the power to let go of the familiar. Raymond Lindquist
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Let go by releasing attachment to possessions

  • Even when our grip has relaxed we are reluctant to give up possession. We are not trained to recognize the inevitable as natural, and so cannot give up gracefully that which has to go, but needs must wait till it is snatched from us.  The truth comes as conqueror only because we have lost the art of receiving it as guest. Rabindranath Tagore
  • The only things we can keep are the things we freely give to God. What we try to keep for ourselves is just what we are sure to lose.  S. Lewis
  • How do you let go of attachment to things? Don’t even try. It’s impossible. Attachment to things drops away by itself when you no longer seek to find yourself in them. Eckhart Tolle
  • Let your greatest possession be the ability to let go of any possession, joyfully. Bryant McGill
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Let go through the practice of meditation

  • Meditation is the ultimate act of faith. Because to sit down and let everything be as it already is—to let go of control, to let go of manipulation—is itself a very deep act of faith. It’s also a deep act of investigation. Adyashanti
  • Real meditation is not about mastering a technique; it’s about letting go of control. Adyashanti
  • Through meditation, you can learn to focus on the present and not worry about the future or regret the past. In letting go of day- to-day preoccupations, you are left with an appreciation of the big picture, the joy of being alive right now, and the recognition of breath, mind, body, and inner spirit. Alison Conte
  • True meditation is letting go of manipulating our experience. Adyashanti
  • What happens when you allow your experience to be exactly as it is without trying to change it. Instead of a technique, True Meditation is actually a means of investigation. What happens when we actually let go of control and manipulation? Adyashanti
  • Zen meditation is plain and simple. There are no goals, no magic, no transcendental bullshit experiences, no spiritual meaning-strictly speaking. For when you look for any of these things, you are missing the entire point of your practice: to let go. Allis
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What to let go of

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Let go of all that does not serve you

  • If you want to reach a state of bliss, then go beyond your ego and the internal dialogue. Make a decision to relinquish the need to control, the need to be approved, and the need to judge. Those are the three things the ego is doing all the time. It’s very important to be aware of them every time they come up. Deepak Chopra
  • Sometimes you’ve got to let everything go…purge yourself. If you are unhappy with anything…whatever is bringing you down, get rid of it. Because you’ll find that when you’re free, your true creativity, your true self comes out. Tina Turner
  • Breath by breath, let go of fear, expectation, anger, regret, cravings, frustration, fatigue. Let go of the need for approval. Let go of old judgments and opinions. Die to all that and fly free. Soar in the freedom of desirelessness. Let go. Let Be. See through everything and be free, complete, luminous, at home — at ease. Surya Das
  • Let go of the place that holds, let go of the place that controls, let go of the place that fears. Just let the ground support me. Stephanie Kaza
  • Anything I cannot transform into something marvelous, I let go. Anaïs Nin
  • Let go of your attachments: your attachment to being right, to having total control, or to living forever. This process of letting go is integral to the process of becoming whole. Judith Hanson Lasater
  • You will find that it is necessary to let things go; simply for the reason that they are heavy. So let them go, let go of them. I tie no weights to my ankles. C. JoyBell C.
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Let go of pain

  • The whole purpose of letting pain be pain is this: to let go of pain.  By entering into it, we see that we are strong enough and capable enough to move through it.  We find out that it ultimately has a gift for us.  Matthew Fox
  • Learn to lose in order to recover, and remember that nothing stays the same for long, not even pain, psychic pain. Sit it out. Let it all pass. Let it go. May Sarton
  • People have a hard time letting go of their suffering. Out of a fear of the unknown, they prefer suffering that is familiar. Thich Nhat Hanh
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Let go of what causes you pain

  • Let go. Why do you cling to pain?  There is nothing you can do about the wrongs of yesterday.  It is not yours to judge.  Why hold on to the very thing which keeps you from hope and love?  Leo Buscaglia
  • Life is not suffering; it’s just that you will suffer it, rather than enjoy it, until you let go of your mind’s attachments and just go for the ride freely, no matter what happens. Dan Millman
  • Pain will leave you, when you let go. Jeremy Aldana
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Let go of the past …

  • Change can be good but its always tough to let go of the past. Emily Giffin
  • Holding on is believing that there’s only a past; letting go is knowing that there’s a future. Daphne Rose Kingma
  • Let go of the past and go for the future. Go confidently in the direction of your dreams. Live the life you imagined. Henry David Thoreau
  • Renew, release, let go. Yesterday’s gone. There’s nothing you can do to bring it back. You can’t “should’ve” done something. You can only DO something. Renew yourself. Release that attachment. Today is a new day! Steve Marabol
  • Sooner or later we’ve all got to let go of our past. Dan Brown
  • The beautiful journey of today can only begin when we learn to let go of yesterday. Steve Maraboli
  • The knowledge of the past stays with us. To let go is to release the images and emotions, the grudges and fears, the clingings and disappointments of the past that bind our spirit. Jack Kornfield
  • The mental and physical space we create by letting go of things that belong in our past gives us…the option to fill the space with something new. Susan Fay West
  • To let go is to release the images and emotions, the grudges and fears, the clingings and disappointments of the past that bind our spirit. Jack Kornfield
  • When you surrender and let go of the past, you allow yourself to be fully alive in the moment. Letting go of the past means you can enjoy the dream that is happening right now. Don Miguel Ruiz
  • You can’t reach what’s in front of you, until you let go of what’s behind you.
  • You’ve got to make a conscious choice every day to shed the old – whatever “the old” means for you. Sarah Ban Breathnach
  • The energy it takes to hang onto the past is holding you back from a new life. What is it you would let go of today? Mary Manin Morrissey
  • Let today be the day you finally release yourself from the imprisonment of past grudges and anger. Simplify your life. Let go of the poisonous past and live the abundantly beautiful present… today. Steve Maraboli
  • Letting go of the past means that you can enjoy the dream that is happening right now. Don Miguel Ruiz
  • Sometimes letting go is simply changing the labels you place on an event. Looking at the same event with fresh eyes. Steve Maraboli
  • Sometimes you can’t let go of the past without facing it again. Gail Tsukiyama
  • Surrender to what is. Let go of what was. Have faith in what will be. Sonia Ricotta
  • The best way to say, “Thank you, God,” is by letting go of the past and living in the present moment, right here and now. Whatever life takes away from you, let it go. When you surrender and let go of the past, you allow yourself to be fully alive in the moment. Letting go of the past means you can enjoy the dream that is happening right now. Miguel Ruiz
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… through forgiving the past

  • Forgive the past. It is over. Learn from it and let go. People are constantly changing and growing. Do not cling to a limited, disconnected, negative image of a person in the past. See that person now. Your relationship is always alive and changing. Brian L. Weiss
  • Forgiveness means letting go of the past. Gerald Jampolsky
  • The act of forgiveness is the act of returning to present time. And that’s why when one has become a forgiving person, and has managed to let go of the past, what they’ve really done is they’ve shifted their relationship with time. Caroline Myss
  • Forgiveness and the release of the past opens the creative flow of life, supporting all levels of mind, heart, body, emotion, and spirit. This energy flow determines the state of our health, our desire to create and procreate, our willingness to develop our gifts, and how we use or deny the life force that we are given as human beings. . . . by choosing to let go of the past, our fears, and our negative patterns or reactions to life, we are suddenly funded with a resurgence of life force, which propels us into a newfound way of being and a very different way of understanding the world. Jamie Sams
  • Inner peace can be reached only when we practice forgiveness. Forgiveness is letting go of the past and is therefore the means for correcting our misperceptions. Gerald G. Jampolsky
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Let go of anger and resentment …

  • I eventually came to understand that in harboring the anger, the bitterness and resentment towards those that had hurt me, I was giving the reins of control over to them. Forgiving was not about accepting their words and deeds. Forgiving was about letting go and moving on with my life. In doing so, I had finally set myself free. Isabel Lopez
  • Granting forgiveness does not necessarily imply excusing or tolerating the offender’s behaviour, but it does ential trying to let go of your hurt, anger, and hostility and adopting a more charitable and benevolent perspective. Sonja Lyubomirsky
  • It doesn’t erase their crime but why should you do the time.  Let go of resentment. Dodinsky
  • Release resentment and anger regularly after allowing yourself to feel these emotions fully. Do this by saying, “I now forgive and release [fill in the blank]. I let loose and let go, and I am free. Christiane Northrup
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… also through the power of forgiveness

  • Forgiveness has nothing to do with absolving a criminal of his crime. It has everything to do with relieving oneself of the burden of being a victim–letting go of the pain and transforming oneself from victim to survivor. R. Strahan
  • Forgiveness is a method for giving love. It is a way of saying, “I am going to let go of the wrong you did; I am not going to be bitter and I am going to go on loving you anyway.” Bernie Siegel
  • Forgiveness is not about forgetting. It is about letting go of another person’s throat. Paul Young
  • Forgiveness is to relinquish your grievance and so to let go of grief. It happens naturally once you realize that your grievance serves no purpose except to strengthen a false sense of self. Forgiveness is to offer no resistance to life – to allow life to live through you.  Eckhart Tolle
  • People can be more forgiving than you can imagine. But you have to forgive yourself. Let go of what’s bitter and move on. Bill Cosby
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Let go of the need for control

  • As our awareness begins to shift, old patterns are beginning to break down and we lose our familiar points of reference. We need to let go and flow with events, not knowing the outcome but trusting in divine purpose. June McLeod
  • Control is never achieved when sought after directly. It is the surprising outcome of letting go. James Arthur Ray
  • If we can just let go and trust that things will work out the way they’re supposed to, without trying to control the outcome, then we can begin to enjoy the moment more fully. The joy of the freedom it brings becomes more pleasurable than the experience itself. Goldie Hawn
  • Learn to let go of control and surf the ever-changing wave. Let unpredictability rule, let randomness be the force of our life, let spontaneity be the rule. Leo Babauta
  • Let go of control and allow yourself to be swept away by the powerful currents of life. Leo Babauta
  • Letting go doesn’t mean that you don’t care about someone anymore. It’s just realizing that the only person you really have control over is yourself.  Deborah Reber
  • Notice the difference between being in control and needing control. Marilyn Suttle
  • We hold fast by letting go.” Letting go of our attempts to control things, our attempts to maintain control over every aspect of our life.  We’ve all heard the saying about if we love something, we should let it go, and then we’ll know whether it “belongs” to us when we see whether it comes back to us.  So much of our discontent and our dissatisfaction comes from our unwillingness to let go of trying to control things and trying to cause just the results that we think should occur.  tom walsh
  • We must be willing to let go of the life we planned so as to have the life that is waiting for us. Joseph Campbell
  • When I struggle and try to organize the Atlantic to my specifications, I sink. If I flail and thrash and growl and grumble, I go under. But, if I let go and float, I am borne aloft. Marie Stilkind
  • You must learn to let go. Release the stress. You were never in control anyway. Steve Maraboli
  • I come home to life as well. Things are what they are. I let go and allow life to just happen, instead of trying to orchestrate it. I appreciate everything just for what it is. John Kehoe
  • What if you let go of every bit of control and every urge that you have, right down to the most infinitesimal urge to control anything, anywhere, including anything that may be happening with you at this moment? If you were able to give up control absolutely, totally, and completely, then you would be a spiritually free being. Adyashanti
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Let go of old patterns and habits

  • Periods of change are full of paradoxes. They’re difficult but exciting, frightening but freeing.  Letting go of old patterns that no longer work for us is exhilarating. Sue Patton Thoele
  • It’s easy to come up with new ideas; the hard part is letting go of what worked for you two years ago but will soon be out of date. Roger von Oech
  • Let go of your old tired habits and plant new habits in fertile soil. Harley King
  • The final quality that supports equanimity is freedom, which comes as we begin to let go of our reactive tendencies. We can get a taste of what this means by noticing areas in which we were once reactive but are no longer. In Buddhist practice, we work to expand the range of life experiences in which we are free. Gil Fronsdal
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Let go of assumptions

  • The harder you fight to hold on to specific assumptions, the more likely there’s gold in letting go of them. John Seely Brown
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Let go of the need to be right

  • Let go of your attachment to being right, and suddenly your mind is more open. You’re able to benefit from the unique viewpoints of others, without being crippled by your own judgment. Ralph Marston
  • I let go of my need to convince others of my point of view. When I remain open to all points of view, my dreams and desires will flow with nature’s desires. Deepak Chopra
  • Let go of the need to be right
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Let go of your preoccupation with the future

  • The greatest loss of time is delay and expectation, which depend upon the future. We let go the present, which we have in our power, and look forward to that which depends upon chance, and so relinquish a certainty for an uncertainty. Seneca
  • We must be willing to let go of the life we’ve planned, so as to have the life that is waiting for us. Joseph Campbell
  • The future
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Let go the need to know

  • We find by losing. We hold fast by letting go.  We become something new by ceasing to be something old.  This seems to be close to the heart of that mystery. I know no more now than I ever did about the far side of death as the last letting-go of all, but now I know that I do not need to know, and that I do not need to be afraid of not knowing.  God knows.  That is all that matters.   Frederick Buechne
  • In Zen, ‘don’t-know mind’ is the only kind of mind that is true. When you practice don’t-know mind, you let go of the need for knowing and acknowledge how little you can ever actually know. Colleen Morton Busch
  • Let go of having to know all the steps you need to take to make your dreams come true. You know your direction, that’s more than enough. Amanda Ibey
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Let go of undue effort

  • Letting Go of Doing is not about not doing things. It is about letting go of the doing mode of consciousness. When we are stuck in the “doing mode” our attention is caught in the “having to do them, drive to get them done.”  When I am caught in this mode my mind feels tight. My body adopts a background tension. My attention becomes tunnel vision; I see only what I am doing and filter out other aspects of the present moment. I miss the beauty that surrounds me. I become a human doing rather than a human being.  Peter Russell
  • EffortEffortlessness
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Let go of what is not important

  • Organize your life around the tasks and activities that really matter and let go of those that don’t. Laura Stack
  • Simplifying is not necessarily about getting rid of everything we’ve worked so hard for… It’s about deciding what’s important to us, and gracefully letting go of the things that aren’t. Elaine St. James
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Let go of self-doubt

  • Having inner peace means committing to letting go of self-criticism and self-doubt. Sanaya Roman
  • Let go the things of which you are in doubt for the things in which there is no doubt. Mohammed
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Let go of judgements

  • When I allow myself to be human and let go of my harsh judgements, I flower and bloom. My eyes are opened to my worth. Talents and gifts I never knew I had, begin to reveal themselves. Every part of me bathes in the warm glow of love and acceptance. John Kehoe
  • Cultivate your own garden and let go of your tendency to examine and judge how others cultivate theirs. Wayne Dyer
  • Creating equanimity in your mind means attempting to let go of negative judgments about what you are experiencing and replacing them with an attitude of loving acceptance and gentle matter-of-factness. Creating equanimity in your body is maintaining a continuous relaxed state over your body as sensations (both pleasant and unpleasant) wash through.  Shinzen Young
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Let go of attachment to result

  • You can have anything you want, providing you first let go of wanting it. Lester Levinson
  • Just let go of the need to care about whether it happens or not, then you are free from fear and can then concentrate on focusing. Stephen Richards
  • When things don’t seem to go my way, I let go of my attachment to how I think they should be, trusting that I am not seeing the big picture. If I knew the big picture, I would understand that there is a reason for things unfolding the way they are, and that the cosmos has a plan for me much grander than anything I have conceived. Deepak Chopra
  • As our awareness begins to shift, old patterns are beginning to break down and we lose our familiar points of reference. We need to let go and flow with events, not knowing the outcome but trusting in divine purpose. June McLeod
  • Equanimity allows you to open your heart and offer love, kindness, compassion, and rejoicing, while letting go of your expectations and attachment to results. Frank Jude Boccio
  • How do you surrender? Just let go! Don’t strain to achieve; instead, enjoy the process of the work that you are doing. The results will come independent of your striving for them. When your mind is on the result rather than what you are doing, you create inner discord that blocks any and all possibilities for miracles to show up. Prosperity is about process, not outcome. Purpose is about loving and giving.  Wayne Dyer
  • Intention combined with detachment leads to life centred, present- moment awareness. My intent is for the future, but my attention is in the present. I accept the present and intend the future. I let go of my attachment to outcome. I enjoy every moment in the journey of life. Deepak Chopra
  • In letting go of wanting something special to occur, maybe we can realize that something very special is already occuring – namely, your life unfolding in each moment in awareness. Jon Kabat-Zinn
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Let go of expectations …

  • Truly loving another means letting go of all expectations. It means full acceptance, even celebration of another’s personhood. Karen Casey
  • I let go of expectation. I visualise cutting the cord to my expectations. I imagine them drifting into the air until they are gone. Susan Jeffers
  • When you let go of your expectations, when you accept life as it is, you’re free. To hold on is to be serious and uptight. To let go is to lighten up. Richard Carlson
  • When we become the observer, we take ourselves one step away from the drama. Becoming observer allows me to let go of expectations and to create a sense of wonder instead of fear about the future. Susan Jeffers
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… especially expectations of those you love

  • Love lets go. Need holds on. This is the way you can tell the difference between need and love. Let go of expectation, let go of requirements and rules and regulations that you would impose on your loved ones. Neale Donald Walsch
  • Maybe part of loving is learning to let go. From the television show The Wonder Years
  • Patience is loving others even when they disappoint you and you don’t understand them. It’s knowing how to let go and accept others as they are and forgive them for things they have done.  Donna Levine
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Let go of the need for certainty

  • Creativity requires the courage to let go of certainties. Erich Fromm
  • Let go of certainty. The opposite isn’t uncertainty. It’s openness, curiosity and a willingness to embrace paradox, rather than choose up sides. The ultimate challenge is to accept ourselves exactly as we are, but never stop trying to learn and grow. Tony Schwartz
  • It requires courage to let go of certainties. Erich Fromm
  • Courage is the power to let go of the familiar. Raymond Lindquist
  • Faith is a place of mystery, where we find the courage to believe in what we cannot see and the strength to let go of our fear of uncertainty. Brené Brown
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Let go of fear

  • Fear and guilt are your only enemies. If you let go of fear, fear lets go of you. If you release guilt, guilt will release you. How do you do that? By deciding to. Neale Donald Walsch
  • Let go of fear. The universe has an infinite supply of opportunity.  There is plenty to go around.  You may be surprised to see that something is coming your way right now! Richard Carlson
  • Love is letting go of Fear. Gerald Jampolsky
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Let go of the need for approval

  • You must let go of wanting approval and you must stop being so sensitive. Karl Moore
  • Today I will let go of my need for approval and my need to be liked. Instead, I will choose to like and approve of myself. The people who count (including me) will respect me when I’m true to who I really am. Melody Beattie
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Let go of worry

  • I close my eyes, then cut an imagery cord that is attaching me to whatever I am worrying about. I then say to myself “OK God, I am doing my best. I’ll let you take over now. Take over God, I trust it is all happening perfectly.” I take a deep breath and feel myself letting go.” Susan Jeffers
  • I vow to let go of all worries and anxiety in order to be light and free. Thich Nhat Hanh
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Let go of false identity

  • By letting go of even the thought ‘I,’ and ‘me’ what is left? There is nowhere to stand and no one to stand there. No separation anywhere. Pure awareness. Neither this, nor that. Just clarity and being. Ram Dass
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Let go of inner resistance

  • Don’t call it anything, don’t label it anything. Keep your mind silent. You stay in touch with whatever you are experiencing, and you let go of resisting it. You are going to experience it, you are going to decompress it. You can do that with pain and any kind of suffering. The suffering is due to the resistance. If you keep surrendering to it you will undo it.
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Let go of incessant thinking

  • Let go of all ideas and images in your mind, they come and go and aren’t even generated by you. So why pay so much attention to your imagination when reality is for the realizing right now? Adyashanti
  • When we let go of the thinking mind, we become open to insight—to what in spirituality we might call revelation, or the spontaneous arising of a deep wisdom or a deep knowing. Adyashanti
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Let go of repressed emotions

  • If you stifle your feelings, they may leak out and affect everyone around you—not just the person who inspired your anger. Before you can let go of any emotion you have to feel it fully. Lori Deschene
  • Sometimes it is not necessary to understand, analyze, label and categorize our feelings, it is only necessary to allow ourselves to feel them. Once they have been felt, they can be let go. Amanda Harvey
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Let go of people not right for you

  • Letting go is especially important if someone is reckless with your heart Letting go is something you do when you still love someone, but just don’t believe in them anymore.
  • Letting go of negative people doesn’t mean you hate them, it just means that you care about your own wellbeing. Every time you subtract negative from your life, you make room for more positive.  Marc and Angel Chernoff
  • Surround yourself with positive people
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Let go of the ego …

  • No person is free until he or she is free at the center. When we let go there, we are free indeed.  When the self is renounced, then one stands utterly disillusioned, apart, asking for nothing.  If anything comes to us, it is all sheer gain.  Then life becomes one constant surprise.  Stanley Jones
  • Nobody likes to let go of the ego- it is so precious to everyone. However, once you have attained a state of egolessness, the world won’t disappear, as you may think it will. The world will continue, but a change takes place within you. Something is uncovered. You start seeing everything with the wonder and innocence of a child. Amma
  • To let go of the ego, surrender to the now. Say yes to the form this now takes. Look deeply into the Now. The ego cannot exist in the now. It has an inner urge for the future. Eckhart Tolle
  • What would life be like if you were to let go of self-esteem altogether; if you completely let go of judging yourself as a person? Don’t try to prove yourself. Don’t try to think of yourself as a ‘good person’. Don’t try to justify your self-worth. Whatever judgements your thinking self makes of you, just see them for what they are and let them go. And at the same time take action in line with your values. Dr Russ Harris
  • Zen asks us to let go of our focus on the ego, to empty ourselves of our selfish attachments, to destroy our mental constructs, and simply be present to the light. Zen teacher
  • Transcending the ego
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… and the obsession with self

  • Selfishness and self-preoccupation obstruct compassion by blocking the attention and sensitivity that is needed for compassion to arise. One benefit of letting go of selfishness is that compassion arises more easily.  Gil Fronsdal
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