There’s a story about a South African tribe that made their living by selling monkeys to research organizations. How they captured them was unique.
They started by hallowing out a gourd and cutting a hole in the bottom just large enough so that a monkey’s hand could fit into it. They would then place a large piece of fruit inside the gourd, secure the top, and hang it from a tree.
A monkey would come by smell the fruit, reach in and grab it, but they couldn’t pull the fruit through the opening. And because the monkey wanted the fruit so badly they wouldn’t let go! Eventually a tribe member would come by and capture them.
Like the monkey, many of us are “holding on” to things that are not contributing to our well being?” It could be anger, guilt, fear, regrets, unresolved issues from the past, or “stuff” that we think will make us happy but won’t. All those things get in the way of our living an abundant life. They keep us captured inside our own perceived limitations.
As we begin 2013 it’s a fantastic time to take stock of what is not serving us and resolving to let it go. We can call it kind of a beginning year house cleaning! This in turn will make room for those things that are good for our bodies, mind, and spirit!
Peace & Energy, Team Green