“Some people believe holding on and hanging in there are signs of great strength. However, there are times when it takes much more strength to know when to let go and then do it.”
One of the hardest lessons in life is letting go — whether it’s guilt, anger, love or loss. Change is never easy, we fight to hold on and fight to let go. But letting go is oftentimes the healthiest path forward. It clears out toxic thoughts from the past and paves the way to make the most positive use of the present.
Letting go is a part of life and recently my life has involved a lot of it. The loss of a loved one, the decision to change career obligations, an injury that challenged me in every way…. There’s just a lot of letting go in my world right now. And as hard as it can be at times, it’s created space for other things in my life. I’ve learned that letting go is a constant process of learning to accept change, allowing yourself to refocus, and choosing to emotionally free yourself from the past to make way for the present.
Lately I’ve been using the Insight Timer app to guide me through daily meditations. It’s been a helpful tool with endless resources to discover and a supportive online community of meditators. The other evening I discovered a meditation called, “She Let Go”. It moved me deeply and I thought to share it with you.
Want to let go of something with me today? Join me in the below meditation. You can choose to read the words to yourself or find a comfortable seat, close your eyes, take a deep breath, and press play on the guided meditation video recording I’ve made for you below.
“She let go. Without a thought or a word, she let go.
She let go of the fear. She let go of the judgments. She let go of the confluence of opinions swarming around her head. She let go of the committee of indecision within her. She let go of all the ‘right’ reasons. Wholly and completely, without hesitation or worry, she just let go.
She didn’t ask anyone for advice. She didn’t read a book on how to let go. She didn’t search the scriptures. She just let go. She let go of all of the memories that held her back. She let go of all of the anxiety that kept her from moving forward. She let go of the planning and all of the calculations about how to do it just right.
She didn’t promise to let go. She didn’t journal about it. She didn’t write the projected date in her Day-Timer. She made no public announcement and put no ad in the paper. She didn’t check the weather report or read her daily horoscope. She just let go.
She didn’t analyze whether she should let go. She didn’t call her friends to discuss the matter. She didn’t do a five-step Spiritual Mind Treatment. She didn’t call the prayer line. She didn’t utter one word. She just let go.
No one was around when it happened. There was no applause or congratulations. No one thanked her or praised her. No one noticed a thing. Like a leaf falling from a tree, she just let go.
There was no effort. There was no struggle. It wasn’t good and it wasn’t bad. It was what it was, and it is just that.
In the space of letting go, she let it all be. A small smile came over her face. A light breeze blew through her. And the sun and the moon shone forevermore.”
To let go is to be thankful for the experiences that made you laugh, made you cry, and helped you learn and grow. It’s the acceptance of everything you have, everything you once had, and the possibilities that lie ahead. It’s all about finding the strength to embrace life’s changes, to trust your intuition, to learn as you go, to realize that every experience has value, and to continue taking positive steps forward.
Whatever is weighing you down, know that you have the strength and the power to let it go. Emotions, fears, hurt, pain, regret, stress…. what ever it is, just let it go. That is just your 40,000 year-old brain doing what it does. It’s time for you to take over and choose to LET IT GO.
What are you holding on to that’s holding you back? What are you ready to let go of? What’s the first step you need to take to let it go? Share your thoughts with me by leaving a comment below.
Here for you through all of life’s challenges and changes. Stay strong, be brave, and keep shining my friends.
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Originally published at www.carolinejordanfitness.com on August 20, 2016.
Originally published at medium.com