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Letting Go as Spiritual Discipline

The early Christian Desert Fathers and Mothers taught that the Way of Jesus is a path of subtraction more than addition. They strove mightily to become loving, forgiving, kind, and compassionate, but they also dropped those things that brought them down or served as a distraction from their surrender to God. They knew how to let go.

Thomas a Kempis, in the spiritual classic The Imitation of Christ, also advocated making a regular practice of letting go: "To sum up, dear friend of Mine, unclench your fists, and let everything fly out of your hands. Clean yourself up nicely and stay faithful to your Creator."

- Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat, "Letting Go."