Here is an excerpt from my book, The Silent Master: Awakening the Power Within:
What happens with every new birth you experience? Something old dies. This is the way it has to be. When you change, the old and the new cannot exist side by side. If transforming yourself sometimes has a price, this is it: You don’t always get to keep what’s familiar. When you start something new, it isn’t always comfortable or easy to let go of the past. You may want to lose weight, and maybe you’ve started to do so. But how do you respond when you realize that now the old eating habits have to go – permanently – in order to win your goal? Or maybe you want to enjoy a new circle of friends you could meet at night school, but how easy is it to give up the old circle of friends who presently claim all your time?
This is where self-discipline comes in – when you are ready for a transformation. You will sometimes have to consciously and intelligently choose to let go of some person or situation in order to pursue your true goals. Are you familiar with the story of the monkey who has his hand on some food inside a hole? Suddenly, he sees something he wants more, outside the hole. But he can’t grasp the new object because he doesn’t realize he has to let go of the object inside the hole to get his hand out. He keeps pulling and tugging trying to get his hand out, and doesn’t realize he won’t succeed until he lets go.
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