More Language of Letting Go: 366 New Daily Meditations

More Language of Letting Go: 366 New Daily Meditations

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by Melody Beattie

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This new volume of meditations offers clients ongoing wisdom and guidance about relationship issues. An excellent enhancement to therapy, daily thoughts provide clients with ongoing insights into issues such as surrendering, the damaging effects of manipulation, and healthy communication.More Language of Letting Go shares unsentimental, direct help for

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This new volume of meditations offers clients ongoing wisdom and guidance about relationship issues. An excellent enhancement to therapy, daily thoughts provide clients with ongoing insights into issues such as surrendering, the damaging effects of manipulation, and healthy communication.More Language of Letting Go shares unsentimental, direct help for clients recovering from chemical dependency, healing from relationships and family issues, and exploring personal growth.

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This is a book of essays, meditations, and activities—one for each day of the year. You can use it to begin your year on January 1. Or you can begin your year on your birthday, the day some people believe begins their personal new year. It's a companion book to the original Language of Letting Go (not a replacement or updated edition) and can be used by itself or in conjunction with that book. You can roll along with your life and use the book to address issues that arise. Or you can use this book as a workbook—or "playbook"—to address specific areas and issues you'd like to focus on in the upcoming year, such as releasing an outdated relationship or behavior, achieving cherished goals, or moving to the next level in work, in love, or in life.

The essay that falls on the first day of each month explores the theme for the month. Each monthly topic is a major component in the process of letting go. You will also notice that skydiving, my new passion, has turned out to be a beautiful metaphor for the art of letting go and letting God do for us what we can't do for ourselves.

I use God as the predominant word for references to God, Higher Power, Jehovah, or Allah. I may use He or She as the pronoun for God, depending on my mood. I mean no harm, nor is it my intention to discriminate or offend. Substitute whatever word pleases you to describe your idea of God.

The prayers and ideas are meant as suggestions.

May God bless you, your family, friends, and loved ones in this year to come. And may you guide yourself joyfully through the journey you choose, or have been called, to take.

January 1 Trust that good will come

It was a slow, boring January day at the Blue Sky Lodge. We had just moved in. The house was a mess. Construction hadn't begun yet. All we had was a plan, and a dream. It was too cold and rainy to skydive or even be outdoors. There wasn't any furniture yet. We were lying around on the floor.

I don't know who got the idea first, him or me. But we both picked up Magic Markers about the same time. Then we started drawing on the wall.

"What do you want to happen in your life?" I asked. He drew pictures of seaplanes, and mountains, and boats leaving the shore. One picture was a video-camera man, jumping out of a plane. "I want adventure," he said.

I drew pictures of a woman tromping around the world. She went to war-torn countries, then sat on a fence and watched. She visited the mountains and the oceans and many exciting places. Then I drew a heart around the entire picture, and she sat there in the middle of all the experiences on a big stack of books.

"I want stories," I said, "ones with a lot of heart."

Across the entire picture, in big letters, he wrote the word "Woohoo."

As an afterthought, I drew a woman sky diver who had just jumped out of the plane. She was frightened and grimacing. Next to her I wrote the words "Just relax."

On the bottom of the wall I wrote, "The future is only limited by what we can see now." He grabbed a marker, crossed out "only," and changed it to "never."

"There," he said, "it's done."

Eventually, the house got cleaned up and the construction finished. Furniture arrived. And yellow paint covered the pictures on the wall. We didn't think much about that wall until months later. Sometimes slowly, sometimes quickly, and sometimes in ways we'd least expect, each of the pictures we'd drawn on that wall began to materialize and manifest.

"It's a magic wall," I said.

Even if you can't imagine what's coming next, relax. The good pictures are still there. The wall will soon become covered with the story of your life. Thank God, the future is never limited by what we can see right now.

The wall isn't magic.

The magic is in us and what we believe.

Before we start speaking the language of letting go, we need to understand what a powerful behavior letting go and letting God really is.

God, help me do my part. Then help me let go, and let you do yours.

Meditate for a moment on the year ahead. Make a list of things you'd like to see happen, attributes you'd like to gain, things you'd like to get and do, changes you'd like to occur. You don't have to limit the list to this year. What do you want to happen in your life? Make a list of places you'd like to visit and things you'd like to see. Leave room for the unexpected, the unintended. But make room for the possibility of what you'd like, too—your intentions, wishes, dreams, hopes, and goals. Also, list what you're ready to let go of, too—things, people, attitudes, and behaviors you'd like to release. If anything were possible, anything at all, what are the possibilities you'd like to experience and see?

January 2 Doing my part

The surest way to become Tense, Awkward, and Confused is to develop a mind that tries too hard—one that thinks too much.
Benjamin Hoff, The Tao of Pooh

The universe will help us, but we need to do our part as well. Here's an acronym, My Part, to help you remember what it means to do that.



Too often, we tell ourselves the only way to get from point A to point B—or Z—is to tense up, obsess a little (or a lot), and live in fear and anxiety until what we want takes place.

That isn't the path to success. It's the path to fear and anxiety.

Accept. Relax. Breathe. Let go. Trust yourself, God, and the universe to manifest the best possible destiny when the time is right for you.

God, help me make the journey from fear and control to letting go and stepping into my true power.

January 3 Bring your ideals to life

There is a Zen story about two monks walking down a street after a heavy rain. Arriving at a corner, they came upon a beautiful girl in fine clothing unable to cross the muddy street without getting filthy.

"Here, I'll help you," said one monk. Lifting her in his arms, he carried her to the other side. The two monks walked in silence for a long time.

"We've sworn a vow of celibacy and are not supposed to go near women. It's dangerous," the second monk said to the first. "Why did you do that?"

"I left the girl back at the corner," the first monk said. "Are you still carrying her?"

Sometimes, we may find ourselves in a situation where our ideals conflict. Being kind and loving to another person may conflict with our value of being committed and loving toward ourselves.

When one ideal imposes on another, then use your judgment. Do the right thing by others. Do the right thing by yourself, too. Then let the incident pass and move on.

For the monks in our story, right action usually meant not having contact with women. However, when encountering a stranded person on the road, right action became helping others. Ideals remain. Right thought, right action, right speech—but the path to those ideals may twist and turn throughout life. Be sensitive and aware that you are following an ideal and not a rigid belief.

God, help me learn when it's time to let go.

In an earlier activity, we explored our goals and dreams list. Now, let's determine the ethics and ideals we want to live by, the code of conduct we want to follow. What's of foremost importance to you, whether or not your dreams come true and you achieve your goals? Examples of ideals may be staying clean and sober, honoring your commitments to others, and honoring your commitment to yourself. Many people choose additional spiritual values, such as compassion, honesty, tolerance. Some people choose to live by an ideal they call "Christ Consciousness," some "Buddha Consciousness," some the "Twelve Steps," and some the "Ten Commandments." List your ideals, and put that list with your goals. Let these ideals be a light that guides your path and allows you to live in harmony with others and yourself.

©2008. All rights reserved. Reprinted from More Language of Letting Go by Melody Beattie. No part of this publication may be reproduced, stored in a retrieval system or transmitted in any form or by any means, without the written permission of the publisher. Publisher: Hazelden Publishing, PO Box 176 , Center City, MN 55012-0176.

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More Language of Letting Go 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 22 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have been waiting for a new and updated version of a daily meditation by Melody Beattie and here it is. I have been reading the same book for over 6 years and still find that the daily meditations are quite helpful. This new book is just that, NEW. It's exciting to open a book daily in the morning and be able to focus my energy towards the good and positive with the help of the words written in this book.
queenbee45 More than 1 year ago
Each day brings me closer to my true self. The activities make you think. I can see how it has changed my thinking. I couldn't really understand the twelve steps for years and now I am actually incorporating them into my life. This is a wonderful book for those who are ready to make a change. It only takes a little bit day by day to make a big difference. Melody has opened up her life experience for others to learn from. Thanks Melody!
Lisa_69 More than 1 year ago
This book is a Godsend! Dealing with issues myself, I needed to let go of some hurts that I had gone through, and with this book of daily devotionals all on the topic of "letting go and letting God" this book seemed to speak right to my heart on days when I needed it most. I had trouble waiting to read them daily... I wanted to devour the whole book at once! If you buy this book, you will not be sorry. It will be money well spent!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is wonderfully written, easy to read and apply to your life. I'm a spiritual person and thought that I turned things over to God. Reading this book has taught me HOW to really let go and let it be. God doesn't need any help! I'm taking care of myself and living, thanks to Melodie's wonderful books.
LAMorganCT More than 1 year ago
This is simply an amazing book. Giving the reader a daily topic in growth, love, acceptance, happiness, forgiveness, etc... Just open the page for that date (or read as you want and/or need) and honestly let the days affirmation/meditation sink into your mind and body. Melody Beattie is second to none in the field of copdependency and just plain living life in a fuller and peaceful way. This book is highly recommended for people of all sexes, religions, race, social status, etc... This book also makes an amazingly thoughtful and useful gift to pass on.
JesMoi More than 1 year ago
This sort of daily devotional is the second in a series. The first one is named "The Language of Letting Go" by Melody Beattie.
Debbie58 More than 1 year ago
I especially appreciate this book as the start to my day. It keeps life in perspective.
Guest More than 1 year ago
the book was just really good. Between the stories of the authors life, and the ativities in the book, i could literally feel the weight and stress being lifted from my shoulders. I have never really been that stressed in my life, i really only got the book because i thought it sounded really cool. But when i was done with each day, i felt i was getting rid of stress i had pent up from long ago. i say you should read this book!! i would suggest this book to anyone of my friends!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
My Heroine !!!! A wonderful way to learn more about taking care of yourself. She has magnificent metophors down to earth that make sooo much sense . She has a heartfelt way that shows you through her experiences how to take back control of your life by learning how others have suffered and used that as avenue to achieve such enlightenment!
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