Letting Go Burning Ceremony

“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

In the first quarter of 2016 we had an impromptu “Team TLC Letting Go Burning Ceremony”. I hadn’t planned this. The idea came to me the morning before.

After dinner, I explained to Thomas and Lillian what we’d be doing. Writing down habits, fears, beliefs that hold us back on a strip of paper. Then, reading each one aloud, touching it to the candle flame, saying some type of farewell phrase and dropping it into the coffee can.

We wrote stories, beliefs, habits, and fears on strips of paper. It was such a wonderful, blissful feeling sitting with both of them doing this. They really, truly understood the process and what types of things to write on the strips.

I was so moved. There was a beautiful excitement in the air. A magical anticipation of releasing habits, beliefs and fears that do not serve us and hold us back.

We sat around the can and a candle. Thomas went first, then Lillian and then me (Team TLC order, of course). I was moved to tears hearing each of them read habits, fears, and beliefs that they bid farewell.

They were surprised to hear some of what I had written on my slips. I think it was good for them to hear some of the things I choose to feel guilty about at times and negative beliefs that I’m still dislodging.

So beautiful, amazing, wonderful, blissful. We will make this a regular Team TLC event .. quarterly, twice a year, or at the minimum, once per year.

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May you treat yourself to something similar in the coming days. xoxo

This was inspired by a combination of a previous blog post, The Tao of Letting Go, and a couple of books I’m reading. It was also inspired by a blog post I read titled, “A Lesson in Letting Go”, from Sacred Science. There’s a wonderful letting go ceremony included in the blog post.

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At least once a week Team TLC writes a little short note to each other listing at least 3 things we appreciate, like or praise about each other. I normally keep this to myself. Something urged me to share tonight. Perhaps to encourage other families out there to give this a go in your household. This is a GREAT way by the example of what the parent/adult writes to each child to show them what life and loving one another is really all about at it’s core.

Thomas’ note to me says: 1) You are fun! 2) I Love You! 3) I will give you my book (when it’s done)! Lillian’s note to me says: Front Cover) Thanks for caring for me. 1) I like how you draw 2) I love how you want me and Thomas to be healthy 3) I love your ideas ……

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