Letting Go of Things That No Longer Serve You

Mindfulness

When we find things that we want in life, we sometimes hold on so tightly for fear that we will lose it. At times, our minds can make us believe we need these belongings, situations, and relationships, and out of this fear we hold on to them for dear life. What I’m here to tell you, this week, is that clinging on to anything is simply not attractive. Much like when you have those pesky dryer sheets clinging to your freshly laundered clothes, when you cling (and cling for dear life) you are energetically sending an unattractive message to the Universe.

When we hold on to these things that we think we need, we let go of the trust and faith that we are always supported. It is natural for things to come in and out of our lives, and the lesson is to trust when it’s time to let some things go. This has been one of the hardest lessons for me, and one that I am still struggling with now.

At this moment, I am clinging very desperately to an apartment that no longer serves my highest and greatest good. I have had this beautiful, perfect apartment in Chicago for five years, and it has been my only home in my adult life. In this moment, this apartment is no longer of service to me. My life has shifted in a way where my time in Chicago is no longer necessary, yet still I cannot bring myself to let go of my home. In this, I am spending unnecessary money and am energetically telling the Universe that I am not ready to move on to the next chapter of my life. With all of this in mind, I know what I must do and have been mentally preparing myself to let go. Just with that intention, I feel so much lighter and freer.

Are there things in your life that you find yourself too emotionally attached to? Are these things getting in the way of your own personal growth? If you answered yes to either of these questions, check out these tips below on how to let go in order to hold on.

  1. Cultivate your intuition and awareness of your life as it is right now. By going inward, meditating, and nurturing that deep knowingness, we can find the aspects of our lives that are no longer serving us. Just like me, maybe you have something that you know you need to let go of. The first step in letting go is acknowledging that which no longer serves you.
  2. Adopt the attitude of acceptance. Once you have acknowledged that it is time for you to let go, your mind might begin to flood your thoughts with reasons of why you shouldn’t. Nostalgia, possibility, opportunity. Remember to accept that you know letting go is the right thing for you to do.
  3. Honor the part of your life that you are letting go. It can be sad to release large parts of our lives. There is nothing wrong with feeling this sadness. To help cope with this, take some time to honor the places these aspects of your life have held. Find something that resonates with you, where you can hold space for this and find closure for it.
  4. Trust that great things are coming to fill the void. Maybe the hardest part of letting go is trusting that there is more to come. Patience is key in this part of life. Whenever we put in the work to let go of what’s not serving us, the Universe will conspire to bring in something even more wonderful. It might sound hokey or hard to believe, but have the faith that this is possible.

What steps do you think you can take to let go and step forward? How does it make you feel when you let go of these things that you cling to? Let us know!

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