A PRACTICAL APPROACH TO LETTING GO
I woke up today still feeling warm and fuzzy from yesterday's New Moon workshop, and since I made a commitment to a more consistent meditation and journaling practice for 2019 (and forever after, hopefully!), I figured it was a perfect opportunity to invest in those intentions I set at the beginning of the year.
I've also been working on giving the blog more love, and while I'm not super proud of what I've accomplished here so far, getting back to journaling and poetry, as well as exploring different photography, illustration and painting techniques, is proving to spark my creativity and offering the necessary inspiration and motivation to begin sharing in a more meaningful way again.
For a few years, I felt completely without direction or a sense of purpose. I asked the Universe for clarity for a very long time before I recognized it in my life, but the main reason I wasn't receiving any messages was because I wasn't really listening - I wasn't properly tuned in.
This past year, for me, has been all about seeking clarity, particularly around flowing more in harmony with the Universe. I wanted to properly let go of the things that were holding me back so I could find greater purpose in my life. (*less tension and resistance, more flow*)
Maybe this sounds vague, esoteric, abstract, or complex, and it has definitely been one of the greatest challenges of my life so far, but I think this is a primary root of the struggle - we overcomplicate the process of surrender.
*HOW DO YOU ACTUALLY "LET GO"?*
I've been working through this difficult question in my mind for quite some time, and it has come up with my students, family and friends enough for me to see that it's a pretty universal struggle. I haven't uncovered a perfect process, but I've noticed that certain techniques are more helpful in releasing heartfelt tension and moving forward into joy - or, letting go.
This, too, takes time, practice, and patience. Focus on cultivating compassion for yourself; observe your experience with a loving eye, and when you are ready, begin to relax your mind. (*move from the head into the heart*) Notice the sensations that arise and lean into them enough to properly hear and feel what comes up for you. Maybe you choose a mantra that resonates with you, or focus on the energy within your heart space to keep your mind centred and still.
*meet whatever comes up with loving kindness. say thank you. let it go.*
None of this is easy work; it can be messy and painful and it takes courage to embark on this journey, so it's important that you practice compassion and patience for yourself throughout the process.
Do your best not to focus on the feeling of loss with letting go; rather, try to focus on your intention for this transformation, your gratitude for the experience and the lessons behind you, and the direction you're headed now. We're leaving behind our life's conditioning and ignoring the pull of the ego so that we may come home to the true self.
REMEMBER: LETTING GO IS A PRACTICE OF RETURNING