Letting go is hard, its a challenge, a challenge many of us may find impossible to face...including myself.
Learning to let go is difficult, its a journey and facing up to the challenge of learning to simply 'let go' can cause a spiral of emotions; it may feel weird at first, maybe uncomfortable. But once achieved, once conquered, being able to let go is a gift in life - a treasure, a key component that can help in so many ways each and everyday.
For example, for me, I've found it terribly difficult to let go of my past, and certain events and situations have stayed with me, haunting me in my everyday, a bit like a shadow. This is a horrible feeling, and as I am one who struggles with just letting go the effects of my 'shadow' have been mind numbing.
With my growing independence and confidence and with this big life changer (moving to the U.S. for 6 months) I felt that I wanted to really take a leap of faith; to stand up for myself, to face my fears. One of these being to not let my past effect me in the ways it had been; by taking a step onto this journey of learning how to let go I find I feel a lot more comfortable in myself and the change I feel in myself is just phenomenal.
Now the question is...how does one learn to let go? For some it does in fact come naturally and for those lucky people, doesn't have to be learnt; if only this was the case for all of us, ey?
Are you like me, and find yourself forever thinking about what has been, or what is to be and so on and this effects your mood, health and your everyday in a negative way. Do you want to make a change for the better? Are you willing to take this journey, to learn how to tackle your fears, to learn to live in the moment?
If you want to take that courageous step, there are different ways to help you take your first few steps...for me, I have done so with the help from two practices, meditation and yoga. There are other ways, I'm sure; but this is the way I have chosen to help me conquer letting go, and so I can share my thoughts on the journey I have taken so far, and what I have learnt in doing so.
A way these two practices have helped me is by teaching me to stay in the moment. To not dwell on the past, nor the future. To be with the here and now. If you have read my previous post 'Finding Inner Calm', I talk here a bit about living in the moment, and making the most of simply just being. Both meditation and yoga have helped me with this, and are also helping me with learning to let go, as well as many other things. So if you've ever been interested in trying out meditation or yoga, perhaps this might help give you that bit of inspiration to give it ago!
The first step to this journey I found is acceptance. Accepting that there's no easy answer, no quick fix. Learning to let go is a journey, it's a learning practice that can only be achieved by that exact thing 'practicing'. And the same goes for both meditation and yoga, the benefits you get from these two practices is incredible, but it takes time and effort; you've got to be prepared for that, but it is so, so worth it I can assure you!
Patience is never easy, but when accomplished with giving the time, effort, determination and motivation you will feel the benefits so much more.
So if you're someone like me, who struggles to simply let go of certain situations. I can assure you, if you take a leap of faith, and take your first step; get on your path, your journey. It will be so worth it.
Give letting go a try, give mediation and yoga a try. Live in the moment and enjoy it, for life is so truly precious, and you're so special. You deserve to live a fulfilled life; take a chance, give it a go, whats the worst that could happen?
Thank you for reading,
All my love x