“All the art of living lies in a fine mingling of letting go and holding on.” Anon
In the Chinese Medicine energy system, the Lung energy is associated with the emotion of grief. If the Lung energy is balanced there is a healthy level of taking on the new and being able to let go when it is appropriate. We usually think of grief as being associated with a death but it can be the end of anything, a relationship, a job, children leaving home, a change of address etc. We may need to actually grieve when we have to let go of something we are attached to or have known for so long that it has become part of who we are. The stronger our Lung energy is however, the sooner we are able to get back to some sort of equilibrium.
If however we struggle to let go, we may hold onto old ways of thinking, old ways of doing, old ways of feeling, old ways of being and believing, which no longer serve our highest good. So it is appropriate that the Lungs are associated with this energy of accepting and letting go, just as they accept in oxygen and let go of carbon dioxide. If you can think of the lungs as a container that is letting go of the cloudy stale air and accumulation of all tension, and then taking in beautiful clear air that is full of energy and vitality. Now link that association with life’s dramas and traumas and relax as you breathe out and let go before expanding your chest as you breathe in the new life-giving force. This represents the cycle of life, just like the tides of the sea.
Enjoy taking on and letting go as appropriate! Robyn