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Letting Go vs. Reaching Higher

As life goes on and I continue to grow and evolve, I've been pondering some of the dynamics of growth and change. One thing is for sure: for me and most of those dear to me, change has been substantial in recent months and years. Almost everyone has either bought a house, had a baby, moved home, state or country, gotten engaged/partnered, switched job or career or some combination of these!

In almost every circumstance, the change was positive for all involved. It represented a leap forward and the establishment of a new level of order and satisfaction. That said, inevitably, there are externalities. As friendships evolve, and as some of them go dormant, I've sometimes had the thought that I must "let go" of a person or a way of being. The emotion that typically accompanies this thought is sadness, and sometimes, even regret. And, I've realized this is, at heart, a defense mechanism to avoid feeling sadness or fear. I notice that when I can re-contextualize the phenomenon (try on: by continuing to stretch for and achieve my dreams, it's inevitable that my relationships will shift! ), I am present once again to the adventure of life. And, I have access to something. I can acknowledge the sadness, and take it for what it really is: a nudge to get in communication with the person I had the illusion of "letting go of" and let them know how much I care about them. You see, they were never mine to begin with. How could I ever let them go??

As it is in life, it is with the food we eat. Rather than "letting go" of food that is "bad" for us, we can reach for new culinary and nutritional adventures. It's an ongoing process, but one that is fundamentally oriented toward progress instead of what we "can't have".

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It has been several months that Matthew has been helping me find the inner me. Much of my self-image was not evident to me and through his assistance and insights he has led me to find myself. I now realize what I have internalized and why I feel the way I do about myself, my marriage, and my actions. I am on my way to being a better me, and healthier me. I look forward to further sessions. K.S. Detroit, MI, USA

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