Recently I have concerned myself with  “letting go”.  The deaths of several people close to me have given me reason to think about how I live my life from day to day , how satisfied I feel, and just what does give me joy. Realizing they no longer have the option  to appreciate the rain, grandchildren, morning coffee  or any of the simple things I take for granted, I began to rethink what is important.   In addition I have turned to learning more about Buddhism.  So I looked up a few sites on You Tube and came across several recordings of Buddhist monks who were speakers at seminars.  Among them was  Pena Chodron and Ajahn Brahm. The latter gave a speech , Four Ways of Letting Go that resonated with me.  It is worth listening to.

It seems that in the world today there is a lot of holding on to thoughts, beliefs and things that harm us and others who are travelling the path with us.  That is no great revelation , I am sure  How many of us really question the value of  what we hold on to and attache great value to .

As long as we attach to anything we are never really free to grow to our full potential spiritually.  The only truly free journey we take is when we die. We reliquish it all and journey alone to whatever comes next, if anything.

Listening to and thinking about letting go I had the urge to examine the song from Frozen that has that title.  I was wowed by the simplicity of the images and the profundity of the message whether or not the lyricists intended the layers of meaning .  Beyond the story of Elsa and Anna there is a message about life in general that we all could learn from.  I am including the lyrics in this post so you can think about it too and garner what meaning you can from it.

Need I say that I think this is a fantastic , insightful piece of poetry.

The snow glows white on the mountain tonight,
not a footprint to be seen.
A kingdom of isolation and it looks like I’m the queen.
The wind is howling like this swirling storm inside.
Couldn’t keep it in, Heaven knows I tried.
Don’t let them in, don’t let them see.
Be the good girl you always have to be.
Conceal, don’t feel, don’t let them know.
Well, now they know!

Let it go, let it go!
Can’t hold it back any more.
Let it go, let it go!
Turn away and slam the door.
I don’t care what they’re going to say.
Let the storm rage on.
The cold never bothered me anyway.

It’s funny how some distance,
makes everything seem small.
And the fears that once controlled me, can’t get to me at all
It’s time to see what I can do,
to test the limits and break through.
No right, no wrong, no rules for me.
I’m free!

Let it go, let it go.
I am one with the wind and sky.
Let it go, let it go.
You’ll never see me cry.
Here I’ll stand, and here I’ll stay.
Let the storm rage on.

My power flurries through the air into the ground.
My soul is spiraling in frozen fractals all around
And one thought crystallizes like an icy blast
I’m never going back; the past is in the past!

Let it go, let it go.
And I’ll rise like the break of dawn.
Let it go, let it go
That perfect girl is gone
Here I stand, in the light of day.

Let the storm rage on!
The cold never bothered me anyway…

Songwriters
ROBERT LOPEZ, KRISTEN ANDERSON-LOPEZ

Read more: Idina Menzel – (Disney’s Frozen) Let It Go Lyrics | MetroLyrics

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2 responses »

  1. I love Pema Chodron! I should check out the youtube videos. I have read some of her writing and I love her compassionate and kind ways of being and living.

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