Let Go of the Coconut!


This monkey story is a great analogy for learning how to let go. It’s in the book, Awakening Joy: 10 Steps That Will Put You on the Road to Real Happiness by James Baraz and Shoshana Alexander.



In Asia there is a clever way of trapping monkeys that offers a helpful clue for getting out of a rut in the mind. A coconut, hollowed out and with a hole in one end, is filled with sweets and tied to a stake. The monkey comes along, smells the sweets, sticks its hand in and grabs a fistful. Though the hole is big enough for an open hand to get through, it’s too small for a fistful of sweets to get out. Even as the monkey hears the humans coming and starts to panic, it holds on tightly to its prize. All that monkey has to do to be free is let go of the sweets and slip out its hand. As [my Buddhism teacher] likes to put it, “It’s a very rare monkey who figures that out.”

Monkeys don’t know this, of course, but letting go is easier when you step back and reframe what you’re looking at. For example, many people interpret the adage “Let go and let God” as applicable to a specific situation that you recognize as beyond your control. But you can expand that interpretation to address the big-picture view of what it means to live a secure life, like so: “Let go of what no longer serves me and let God lead me to live the life I was born to live.”

It takes a lot of courage to release the familiar and seemingly secure, to embrace the new. But there is no real security in what is no longer meaningful. There is more security in the adventurous and exciting, for in movement there is life, and in change there is power.
Alan Cohen






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2 Responses to “Let Go of the Coconut!”

  1. Tsenre Seresac Says:

    Thanks for this Phil. It reminded me that there is so much “clutter” in my life and that I really should step back and re-evaluate what is important. This reaffirms that I should take that first step towards that goal. Thanks again.

  2. Phil Bolsta Says:

    You are very welcome, Tsenre! Go get ’em!

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