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Letting Go: New Leap of Faith

by Rajgopal Nidamboor(more info)

listed in psychospiritual, originally published in issue 256 - August 2019

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As the cool, tranquil draft of winter envelopes our face, it ushers in early dusk. It strikes a chord, reminding us that it is time for the trees to smile and their leaves to fall –  while bringing in added happiness and sparkle into our life. This is reminiscent of every changing season – as the leaves fall, insidiously, the whole process tells us that it is time to ‘let go’ things, especially certain unpleasant things in our life, or relationships. It celebrates yet another metaphor – that negative thoughts are like falling leaves.


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The more you discard, or shed, them, it brings you, and for others around, a new glow of optimism and also happiness. In other words, it is akin to ringing out the old and ringing in the new – of new thoughts, dreams and hopes.

In the present, contemporary, or contextual sense, this process is called purging, emptying, or emotional ‘detox’ – of ridding oneself of something ‘timeworn,’ be it unwanted or undesirable baggage, to making space for something fresh and new. This eliminating progression is not as easy as it may sound on the surface. This is primarily because of our human nature, or inclination, to hold on to things howsoever unimportant they may be, just as much as we deflect blame, or justify things, as most of us do, by holding the accusing finger not at our ego, or the ‘control’ switch, but others.

Yet, the fact is simple. The more the control freak you are, the more the annoyance, discontent, depression, or moody blues. Remember: every change occurs in the mind. The best thing to do is to ‘let go’ your nightly shadows and bring in daylight. You will be all the more happier and thankful for it.

The whole idea of purging is as old as civilization. It may have originated as a religious exercise, alright; or, a spiritual journey. Today, it has expanded primarily as a cleansing practice that helps one rid themselves of their negativity and move into a whole, new frame of positivity.

It relates to bringing in hope and elevating it to the next level too. It purports to our emotional thoughts, or celebrating the archetypical emptying process, as a way of thought, or reflex mechanism, that defines our lives as nothing but a sequence of chapters full of ups, downs, profit, loss, imbalance and balance.

What is more, the fact always remains that there is a higher purpose of ‘letting go’ negativity in the midst of change. This holds a definitive promise, also purpose – a ‘collateral’ we all owe to ourselves that something of equivalent or better value will always follow change. To highlight a philosophical exemplar – it is aptly said that to be in our world we should experience as many positive thoughts as possible, without getting ‘shipwrecked’ in despair.

This optimizes our emotional health and physical well-being too – apart from our essential wisdom. It helps us to ‘walk the talk’ and cover the full extent of our journey, on planet earth, with ease, while relishing the simple abundance of life to the full.

Yet, this is, ironically, nothing short of a formidable challenge. It represents trepidation, or fear; also, uncertainty. It is tantamount, no less, to reaching the summit of a peak and looking over the edge, while taking a step back, and hoping that there could be just another, perhaps easier, route. The real fact is: there is just one path. To ‘let go’ fully and descend with our two feet on the ground. You’d call it your big, new leap of faith as also embracing fresh insights.


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About Rajgopal Nidamboor

Rajgopal Nidamboor PhD FCCP M-CAM is a Board-Certified wellness physician, Fellow of the College of Chest Physicians (FCCP), Member of the Center of Applied Medicine (M-CAM), writer-editor, commentator, critic, columnist, author, and publisher. His special interests include natural health and wellness, mind-body/integrative medicine, nutritional medicine, psychology, philosophy, and spirituality. His focus areas also encompass contemporary research and dissemination of dependable information for people concerned about their health. He feels that it is increasingly gratifying to see most individuals, including physicians, thinking outside the box – especially in areas such as natural health, where the body knows best to heal itself from the inside out. His published work includes hundreds of newspaper, magazine, Web articles, four books on natural health, two coffee-table books, a handful of E-books, a primer on therapeutics, and, most recently, Cricket Odyssey. He’s Chief Wellness Officer, Docco360, a mobile health application/platform, connecting patients with Ayurveda, homeopathic, Unani physicians, and nutrition therapists, among others, from the comfort of their home — and, Editor-in-Chief, ThinkWellness360.  Rajgopal Nidamboor lives in Navi Mumbai, India. He may be contacted via 

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