Taking & Letting Go

Boy, they weren't kidding when they said the answers are in youI'm learning so much philosophically from studying the mechanics of my own body, it isn't even funny; and it isn't funny how angry it's making me that there aren't classes in this in the academic world, either.

Here's something I learned from trying to perfect a Qi-driven punch.  (By the way, I capitalize Qi the way I'd imagine we'd capitalize Ocean if there was only one; and I italicize it to note that it's a transliteration of a foreign term and should be pronounced "chi".)


Intentional living is a lot, lot more about letting go at the right time than it is about reaching for anything.  Reaching, wanting, desiring things is pushing your energy out into a void, because the thing you're aiming for isn't there yet.  It's also, by necessity, neglecting to put that energy into doing the best you can with what you're already holding. 

Everything you hold, you will need to let go of.  Other things will be placed in front of you and you'll need to let go of some things in order to take new things; sometimes you'll also need to let go because it's just time for those things to enter non-existence (or time for you to).  Fearing or obsessing about what that's going to be like is both pointless (you simply can't know what it'll be like) and, again, wasting energy that you could be using to do the best job holding them that you can.


So you throw* a perfect punch* by using your energy correctly:  You focus on what you're holding; you be ready to let it go when it's time — not too soon, and not too late.  If you're ignoring it to reach for other things, or to fear letting it go when the time comes, you're letting go too soon.  By releasing (any energy: physical, emotional, etc) at just the right time, you gain incredible power.


In other terminology, perfect yang is surrounded by perfect yin.  Since we move in time, and the yang is a split instant whereas the yin is all the time that leads up to and follows it, the yin is much more accessible to our control. 

In other, other terminology, you can make a perfect action by getting all the stillness on either side of it just right.



*insert any verb & noun here

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2 Responses to Taking & Letting Go

  1. Leslie says:

    Since I interview people and write about Letting go and Trusting Life on a regular basis, I'm drawn to others' articles of like topics.  Mostly because I think about letting go LOTS, I really enjoy reading something new and fresh.

    What I found new and fresh in your article was how you discussed the TIMING of letting go.  Although I've contemplated the power you gain when letting go, the way you described it really resonated with me. 
    Also, thank you for the paragraph on yin and yang at the end.  Reading Why yin is much more accessible helps me to connect some dots I had been previously pondering.

  2. Luca says:

    The best part is when you start getting good at it, and then you need to learn to let go of "letting go" :-)
    BTW: "you can make a perfect action by getting all the stillness on either side of it just right" = double awesome :-)

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