The empty robin’s nest nestled in the crook of the Japanese maple tree right outside my door reminds me everyday of letting go. For weeks, I have watched the baby robins release their shells, open their mouths, and develop just as I did my own children, delighting in each new milestone. As this nest is now vacant, so is the space of my life awaiting new opportunities. For I’m not only completing my life cycle as a parent, but opening to the future which signals a beginning more than an end.
Letting go is the greatest guide to our spiritual existence. When we release anyone or anything, we give way to the flow of our being. Releasing a job, a relationship, or a child unleashes this flow of energy to support our personal transformation and a greater discernment of our choices. Whether we experience it as a tsunami or a gentle wave, each of us is up for life-altering movement at these times.
When we surrender to this energy, we invite in intense periods of self-discovery, self-healing and the release of negative patterns and unresolved grievances. If we have defined ourselves by our job, roles, or relationships, we may feel untethered, our roles uncertain, and begin to question who we are and what we really want. Because we are in a heightened creational space, we are highly vulnerable and may experience exhaustion, anxiety and disorientation. Many emotions surface at this time such as fear, sadness, confusion, and even self-doubt. However, when we trust ourselves and what’s in store for our future, these “Oh My God” moments eventually transform into “What’s next?” moments. We open the space for new possibilities and tremendous spiritual growth in our lives.
So, how do we navigate this often chaotic and discombobulating time? We have to let go and trust ourselves completely and direct this energy source to create our future well. Also, we have to remind ourselves to slow down, hold steady, open our hearts, and trust ourselves no matter if we lose our balance, our job, or a friend or family member. At times, using the elements of nature or physical exercise can calm and stabilize our energies. Even a bath or shower can cleanse our energy field during such stressful periods. Journaling, meditation or walking are ways to open to the information that is coming in to guide us.
Most importantly, we must love unconditionally, particularly now and let go of more in our lives then ever before. In letting go of one reality, we open to many new realities. This is the exquisite space of co-creation and positive, no matter what it looks at the time.