“All things pass…” We hear this teaching a lot—and it’s true!
The problem is, some things seem to stick—and they are usually not the most pleasant ones, nor the most empowering ones. For each one of us, there are thoughts, memories, or feelings that stick to us, and it seems we can’t let them go. It could be... * Regret and self-criticism about something we did, or didn’t do but should have done
*Having a hard time moving on from a break-up, or the passing away of a loved one *Resentment/anger about unfair or abusive treatment by one’s family, mentors, friends or colleagues *Obsessive thinking that is not positive nor helpful for us right now
The reasons behind these feelings could be many, but the experience is the same: our inability to fully let go keeps us stuck. It takes away some of the joy of living, makes us less available to the present moment, slows us down in the pursuit of our goals, and can even lead to psychosomatic diseases.
People then think that their challenge is lack of motivation, procrastination, depression, low self-confidence, anger issues, fear, or negative thinking—while the real problem often is that they are stuck somewhere in life. There is something they are unable to let go of, or unable to fully accept. And that can lead to many complications.
In fact, I’d say that much of our mental and emotional suffering is based on our inability to let go and accept things as they are.
If we could just let it go… accept… forgive… Then we would be more at peace, happy under our own skin, and have more energy to focus on the important things. Less negative self-talk, more positive emotions. It would be like removing a huge weight off your shoulders and moving freely as if for the first time!
Letting go is an essential skill to develop in order to live well, grow as a person, and find fulfillment. But, as you have probably experienced, letting go is not always easy. In fact, sometimes it feels impossible, so you don’t even o you don’t even think it’s an option. But it is. Always! 💚
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