In order to receive the gifts of the new year, it is my firm belief that one needs to create space by letting go that which is taking up too much room in one’s life.

I began creating space several months ago by exploring things mentally, emotionally and energetically.  I uncovered things that I thought I had processed in my mind, but apparently seemed to still be stuck; being held in the physical/emotional bodies.  After some hard work and courage to let go of  some preconceived notions, unhelpful habits and past experiences, I emerged stronger than ever.  Feeling a new, refreshed resolve to take ownership of my life in a way that I had not felt before, I emerged stronger and more open. (This self-exploration is not a new concept to me and has been going on through my yoga practice for many years now, but this digging in proved so helpful in clearing space).

I was inspired over the Christmas holiday to cut up some credit cards I never use, TOTALLY clean out my closet of things I simply will not, at any future magical date, fit into, and let go of items that once seemed so important to hold onto, but now realize were just collecting dust.  This cleaning and clearing on all levels led to an open spacious path onto which new opportunities flowed forth.

I read a poem in yoga class the last couple of weeks in December. It has been requested that I share it and I am happy to do so.  All I can say is, “this process aint easy,” but so worth it to do some heavy-duty personal house-cleaning in order to create space for what the universe wants you to receive.

Letting go is one of the hardest lessons in life,
Yet over changing seasons and passing time,
You will have to learn to let go of certain
People, relationships, situations and things,
That fall way beyond your control.

 Tenacity and the attitude of not giving up,
Work wonders on many occasions but not all,
As some things just are not meant to be,
No matter how hard you fight and cling to them,
And forcing your will upon things just repel them further.

There will always be people,
Who will turn out in ways you never expected,
And it dawns on you that you have to let them go,
So that they can fulfill their destinies,
While you go on to fulfill your own life path.

As life likes to dish out surprises and challenges,
Sometimes it is only through letting go,
When your heart cries in anguish,
That in the agonizing process that you realize,
What is truly worth holding onto.

Letting go does not signify weakness,
As it might take more courage to let go than holding on,
Like the big, inflexible tree that snaps in the storm,
While tiny blades of grasses yield and live on,
Revealing the strength of letting go.

-Fion Lim