I read the phrase "let go with both hands" in a Peter Robinson Inspector Banks mystery novel. A character was talking about Zen and Buddhist teachings, letting go of the things that were holding her back. (Oct. 1 I just found the quote, from Friend of the Devil by Peter Robinson: "... now it was time to follow the old Zen lesson and let go with both hands. Life is suffering, and the cause of suffering is desire, so the Buddhists say. You can't stop the desires, the thoughts and the feelings, the teaching went, but you didn't have to grasp them and hang onto them to torture yourself; you could simply let them go, let them float away like balloons or bubbles.")
I don't know if this is an accurate translation or understanding of Zen and Buddhist tenets. But the phrase fascinates me, so much so that I googled it today, hoping to find out more.
Instead I came upon a Jewish take on letting go with both hands -- in order to put all our trust in God.
Here's the link:
Different theologies, but I can see merit in both.