10 Ways to Just Let Go…

“To let go does not mean to get rid of. To let go means to let be. When we let be with compassion, things come and go on their own.” Jack Kornfield – bestselling American author and one of the key teachers to introduce Buddhist mindfulness practices to the West.
05/04/2021

How often have you just felt you had the world on your shoulders?  This might have been the result of trauma, personal or financial worries, health issues, family problems and suddenly you just find a way to let go;  to breathe,  to talk to someone, to just find a little peace.

In one of my favourite films – Frozen,  Queen Elsa sings “Let It Go” just moments after a dark secret has been discovered that had forced her isolation. For years, she tried to hide a secret that she had the magic ability to create snow and ice out from her fingertips. “She’s this little girl — nobody has ever been born like her,” Kristen Anderson-Lopez says. For Elsa, “Let It Go” is the moment she begins to stop holding herself to someone else’s idea of perfection.

The essence of this story is that she learnt to shed her shame and accept the things that make her different. For some, this is harder as it could be a disability, but for many of us to accept that we are all different is freedom. It is that uniqueness that can either burden us or set us free and once we just “Let go” life becomes so much simpler.

How to just let go….

  1. Stop trying to be perfect “The thing that is really hard, and really amazing, is giving up on being perfect and beginning the work of becoming yourself.” Anna Quindlen – US Pulitzer prize-winning columnist.
  2. Don’t put things off for the right time – as they say, “your ship is in;” this is your life and there might never be the right time.
  3. Comparing yourself to others and worrying about what other people think – so often you do not know what is going on in other people’s lives, and we are sometimes too quick to judge
  4. Blaming yourself for things you have no control over – if you can solve it, do it; if not then just let it go.
  5. Dwelling on the past and worrying about the future “Worry pretends to be necessary but serves no useful purpose.” Eckhart Tolle, German-born spiritual teacher and bestselling author.
  6. Being overly self-critical – this is your voice, and be careful what you say to yourself as you might start to believe it.
  7. Walk, run – exercise just change your state – do so in an instant.
  8. Don’t keep it all in – share it with someone you trust. A problem shared is a problem halved.
  9. Just Laugh – research shows that laughter can soothe tension, improves your immune system, and even eases pain.
  10. Write it down and then if you need to, burn it! Sometimes it is good to put thoughts down on paper and if you need to release something then just get rid of it – it is then out of the energy field.

 

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