Letting Life FLow: How to Listen to Your Symphony

Letting Life Flow: Listing to Your Symphony

Letting Life Flow Transcript Below

Letting Life Flow without Interruptions

Good morning everybody, Nick Grimshawe here from beautiful summer. And we have one of those here in Panama where it is still summer tending into fall, probably where you are the opposite thing is happening.

I wanted to talk to you today because I just read something. I am just here doing my morning practice, doing my reading and I just read something that I want to share with you because I think it really expresses part of what we are going through now with all the changes that the coronavirus is bringing into our lives. And one of those changes here for me in Panama is that we now have a curfew according to your number, the last number on your National ID.

So, I’ll explain that in a minute. I’ll give you the story on that in a minute as I read you a couple of quotes here from a book I am reading called, Awareness: The Perils and Opportunities of Reality, by Anthony De Mello and the first quote is:

The Quotes About Letting Your Life Flow

“When you cling, life is destroyed. When you hold on to anything you ceased to live.”

And this is the part if you’ve done any personal development at all there’s always this whole thing about letting go of the past. Letting go of things that you are upset about in the past or things that have happened to you past that we need to let go of them to move forward.

And this is the excellent quote yesterday that really illustrates this if you…Why you need to let go of things and what it means for you? And here’s the quote:

“Do you want to enjoy a melody? Do you want to enjoy a symphony? Don’t hold on to a few bars of the music. Don’t hold on to a couple of notes. Let them pass. Let them flow. The whole enjoyment of a symphony lies in your readiness to allow the notes to pass.”


What Happens When You Lock onto a Past Event Instead of Letting Life Flow

And I think that is a perfect illustration or analogy to what happens when we lock on to something in the past and we bring it into the present, and it’s there in our mist, and it’s, we are not allowing life to flow through and so we are hang back on a certain notes.

Now these quotes are both from Awareness by Anthony De Mello. And one other thing he said is:

“You don’t stop an orchestra and say hey, I like that part. Can you just play that part again for me?”

You don’t do that and play it over and over, that’s not the way a symphony works. And it’s the same with our life, our life is the symphony and as we lock on to something or we cling to something then life is destroyed, he said. And you think, that’s a bit much. When you hold on to any thing in life you ceased to live. Well, you are not allowing life to flow, and I have a really good example of that.


Letting Life Flow Means Releasing Past Habits

Because in our lives now all of a sudden, we are in a totally different alien environment that none of us across the world has been in before for a long time.

Now, back to my parent’s times there was the war, second World War and I have listened to their stories about the second World War and the strange times they lived through and the difficult times they lived through.

And so, this is our own generational task if you will, as to how we cope with this situation. And I have to admit that the other day I was sitting talking to my friend over Skype because that’s the way. Everything’s closed down here, you can’t congregate and things like that. And he said to me, “Have you, did you see the latest government release?”

And I said, “No, I haven’t seen it yet.” I am here in Panama just to give you that story.

And he said, “Well, what’s your last number of your ID, your National ID?” And because I have residency’s status, I have a National ID here in Panama. And so, I went and got it and I said it’s four.




And he said, “Okay, that means that you can only leave your house between 3:30 and 5:30. So you have two hours around what your last number on your ID is.” So, it means that I can only leave my house between those two hours of the day, 3:30 and 5:30 in the afternoon when it happens to be the hardest here.

So when he said that, it was like my life literally did stop and like I had this whole feeling of dread come through my body and it was like, “But I am going to have to change my routine.”

 I love going out in the morning after I do my morning routine here, my next step is to go out and I walk five kilometers out in the beautiful sunshine. And its early mornings still and it’s not too hot and it’s something I’ve been doing for years.

I have always done a morning walk and all of a sudden that was snatch away from me. And I am like and quite literally I had that feeling of time stopping, of my life stopping like this feeling of dread like, “What am I going to do now?”

And it really, and at the time I was taking an online lesson in Spanish from my friend and so all through the session all I could think about was, “I am going to be locked up and I am only getting out two hours a day.”

And I was like totally absorb by this, everything else – I couldn’t pay attention to the lesson. I couldn’t really get what we are talking about.

I was totally distracted and stuck right in that moment. Talk about not letting go.

 And that’s what it’s like when we hold on to things and sometimes we’ve been holding on to things for so long that we don’t even know that we are hanging on to them until something happens and then we go, “Oh, right.”

Summary Don’t Play the Same Notes Over and Over Again

So, it’s part of our practice, part of being aware, part of mindfulness, is to be aware that we might be holding something in the past and to understand the consequences of holding on to that.

So your life is a symphony but if you are holding on to that one place in the past where things have gone wrong or things went badly then you are hung up there and you are playing the same note over and over and over again.

And you probably know somebody around you that you almost dread to meet because you are going to hear that story again or they are going to pull that out again or they are going to mention it in some way to you and you go, “Here we go again.”

But we  all have these things that we attached (afraid of letting go) ourselves to and our growth and part of our spiritual growth is about, is learning to let go of those things, finding ways to release those things in the past so our symphony can flow again.

Have a awesome day, Dream Big. Live inspired!


Nick Grimshawe

Share This Post

More To Explore

Scroll to Top