Sentranced Saturday: letting go gives us freedom

(Last Updated On: June 20, 2019)

sentranced (adj.): the state of being captivated by a well-written sentence.

Sentranced Saturday is a weekly meme created here that encourages you to share a quote that left you entranced. It makes you think. I have a little notebook that I carry with me everywhere to write down quotes that inspire me in some way, and I am sure that I am not alone! Everyone is welcome to participate, please be sure to link to this post so I can see all of your quotes!

“Letting go gives us freedom, and freedom is the only condition for happiness. If, in our heart, we still cling to anything – anger, anxiety, or possessions – we cannot be free.”

— Thich Nhat Hanh, The Heart of the Buddha’s Teaching: Transforming Suffering into Peace, Joy, and Liberation

I am in a bit of a moment right now, and instead of wallowing I decided to bring myself back to joy. I put on Simple Man by Lynard Skynard (always calms me down, next is Pink Floyd’s Dark Side of the Moon!) and turned to my quotebook for inspiration. As always, Thich Nhat Hanh, along with Simple Man, delivered me back to peace.

There really isn’t a way to adequately describe my thoughts on this quote without writing an essay, but one thing that I love about Buddhism (and existential philosophy) is the focus on the control you have over your emotions and life. Letting go of that which shackles you – whatever that may be – is something that only you have the power to do.

It’s hard, but I will always do my best to choose freedom and joy. Do you have tools that you use to return to joy when something angers or upsets you?

What do you think about this quote, and what quote do you want to share this week? 

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  1. (Danielle) Books, Vertigo and Tea

    June 16, 2018 at 9:36 AM

    Oh my gosh, we are freaking spirit animals.. or twins? I always put on Dark Side of the Moon when I need to just breathe 💜❤💛 And this quote was the perfect choice! You are the best 😘

    1. Kaleena @ Reader Voracious

      June 16, 2018 at 3:15 PM

      TWINSIES! I knew I loved you!!! Dark Side is my cure for so much, including insomnia. Glad you enjoyed the quote, and love you! 😘

      1. (Danielle) Books, Vertigo and Tea

        June 16, 2018 at 4:04 PM

        Love you!<3 And yes, Pink Floyd is like tea, can fix anything haha 🙂

  2. Ova

    June 20, 2018 at 6:13 AM

    I agree with this quote, however should add: letting go is one of the hardest things to do for me. I am so bad add it.

    1. Kaleena @ Reader Voracious

      June 20, 2018 at 8:33 AM

      Oh goodness, me too! This is something that I really have to consciously work at, because my natural inclination is to stew and hold a grudge for 90 years. Thanks for stopping by!

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