As the pleasant clime of winter changes, it brings to the fore more than a whiff of warmth. This is soon going to surge — the signature tune of summer. It’s now the turn of an old maxim that reminds us that seasons come and go on their own accord with computerised precision. The passing of winter is a brilliant metaphor — it provides us a ray of summer’s hope following yet another seasonal tale gone by. It also reminds us to rinse and scour the old and ring in the new. It tells us that there is a time to keep and a time to empty that crammed, excess mental suitcase.
It’s only when we rid the old can we ‘let go’ things. This is what that ushers in a change of habit and, most importantly, our ego. Yet, it isn’t as easy as it sounds. Because, we are all like politicians. We find it difficult to give up, or flush out, our old controls, whims, and fancies too. This is also reason why the ‘freeing’ process, especially in these chaotic times, could be called the ‘summer of edginess.’ Of all the seasons, summer is the one time when we literally sweat it out, and also get stuck with the heat ‘turning it’ on our psyche. Summer is harsh — it takes great strength, therefore, for us to let go and move on. Forget about the scorching temperature. When you embrace summer, you emerge light. Not heavy. You feel as if it’s just one of those seasons that arrives and exits, as nature ordained.
The idea of purging is not a new phenomenon. Every civilisation adopted the emptying process in its sacred practices. The techniques extended from religious, or spiritual, fasting and periods of silence to what most people do today — taking a holiday, or spending time at one’s favourite summer getaway. This could be Mysore, or Mussoorie. Reason? To become spiritual you need to release and rinse the clutter, or make space for something new to emerge from deep within.
Purging is not what we are forced to release, but a simple, powerful inner urge that enables us to empty bottled up feelings, or negative energy. It isn’t just release, or letting go, when we are not willing. For example, loss of a job, a divorce, or parting of ways. Purging is an expression — an idiom that connects to the original source. Put simply, it holds an archetypal dimension — that of an emotional detox plan.
It’s rightly said that nature hates a vaccum. You will appreciate the essence of this phrase if you have ever planted a sapling, or a tree, or tended to an injured stray dog across the street. There’s also more to a vaccum than what meets the mind. You get the point — that nature also abhors greed. What does this mean? To restore our spiritual symmetry, we all need to go through certain blizzards in life — difficulties, pressures, or failures, juxtaposed by achievement, success, and happiness. Change is a constant. Yet, the fact is — in the middle of change, it is always tough to accept change. It’s only when you accept change wholehearedly would you be able to fulfil a higher purpose — the elevated function of ‘letting go.’ This helps us to celebrate a promise the universe holds for us. That there’s also something of equal or greater worth if only we allow ourselves to be what we are — accommodating oneself as human and also others as being equally fallible. To let go is truly a leap of faith. It’s also purging our souls of negative baggage.