Lately I Feel That My Life Has Been All About Letting Go

Yesterday I went to a “holy yoga” class. OK, I wasn’t expecting the instructor to start going on about Jesus — which prompted me to exclaim “uh-oh” and when she asked what was wrong, I went “Jewish!”. I could ignore the Christian music and just get into the meditation and asanas.

She focused on Ecclesiastes, which is part of the Ketuvim of the Hebrew Bible. You know the prayer seemingly everyone knows, “To everything, there is a season”?

Two hours to really reflect on change and bringing in the new and letting go of the old.

I’ve often said that the Universe works in mysterious ways. There’s even a song lately that, aside from being achingly beautiful, is one that sticks in my mind. It’s called “Say Something”. The song itself is about letting go of someone that doesn’t return your love, but it can be a reflection on greater “loves”. ”

“Say Something” 

Written by Ian Axel, Mike Campbell, Chad Vaccarino

Lyrics © Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC

Recorded by A Great Big World

Say something, I’m giving up on you

I’ll be the one, if you want me to
Anywhere I would’ve followed you
Say something, I’m giving up on youAnd I am feeling so small
It was over my head
I know nothing at allAnd I will stumble and fall
I’m still learning to love
Just starting to crawlSay something, I’m giving up on you
I’m sorry that I couldn’t get to you
Anywhere I would’ve followed you
Say something, I’m giving up on you

And I will swallow my pride
You’re the one that I love
And I’m saying goodbye

Say something, I’m giving up on you
And I’m sorry that I couldn’t get to you
And anywhere I would’ve followed you (Oh-oh-oh-oh)
Say something, I’m giving up on you

Say something, I’m giving up on you
Say something…

 

In any case, I think about this man’s begging to not have to let go. And don’t we all do that sometimes? We don’t want to let go. Of people. Of places. Of habits. Of old clothes or anything that has a memory. We forget that the memory is in us and that we don’t need a talisman to remind us, although the object may allow us to recall it quicker.

Letting go is hard. Habits are hard to break. Sometimes people even can be a habit. I think those are hardest to break of all which may be why I find this song so aching. He’s on his knees.

I know that feeling. Yoga and Ecclesiastes was a good transition yesterday. Knees. Letting go.