by Zochi Letting go and throwing something away, are two different things. When we let go we release our attachment to the emotions, persons or things. Yet, we are able to still be in relationship with the object or subject we are letting go of. In doing so we merely change or shift the essences and connectivity of that which we have discontinue our attachment. We see this in our practice of self-defense. We move out of the way letting go of the attachment so what we will do and allow things unfold while remain in relationship to what is unfolding. In our letting go we do not discard the memories or lessons that were and are invaluable to our journey – Yet we retain the knowledge that was needed within our celluar being and recognize that which no longer serves us. Therefore instead of getting caught up in our egos. Lost in the concept of mistakes, everything becomes and opportunity for us to rise to the occasion. Thus even in what may appear to be our weakess or mistake in our moments, where others may conceed to defeat we choose a different path. When we throw away a thing there is nothing. There are No after thoughts, in most cases it is a reactive experence that is solely based on knee jerk responses ; our ego intervening. We use that which we fear or an unfounded belief that has out lived it usefulness and has discontinued the relationship to any resonance of reality. We are unable to see beyond the destractions, illu stion, emotions, or persons to fine the true value of what is occuring in front of us. We label the message, being or thing useless and without a second thought; like eating a banana, we recognize only the immediate fruit and its usefulness but throw away its peel without seeing or consideration its possibilities of it many use beyond what we know. It is in our ignorance or the lack of convenience we throw things away. In doing this we may not tap into the full potential of the emotion, object, or ourselves. We see things as other than ourselves and separate. If however we are lucky we will quickly realize there is no such thing as “throw something away” for that which we discard in a finite space without thought has a tenaciy to return to us over and over again until we understand its importance in our life and the difference of letting go and throwing something away. Like a sculptor we must remove the layers of clay that are not needed in this moment for what we are creating today yet, retain the unused clay for another unfolding day. For all thing have a use in our growth.