We all have baggage, a part of our life that we would happily erase if we had the chance. It often takes a long time to get over the hold that chapter of your life has on you, and for some you never quite get over it. The art of letting go is something that I have become quite accustomed with over the course of my life and have come to accept as a necessary part of growing as an individual.
The art of letting go is a premise that was first derived many years ago by Buddha who taught his followers about the power of changing their mental processes in order to alleviate emotional discomfort and embrace change.
Why do we need to let go?
Letting go is not just a crucial part of life, it is also a necessity. There is no other we could progress as human beings if we allowed ourselves to remain rooted in the past. It is not a sign of strength, but a sign of weakness. Allowing ourselves to remain in the present ensures that we maintain a sense of mindfulness and peace rather than falling victim to hate preservation.
“The secret of health for both mind and body is not to mourn for the past, nor to worry about the future, but to live the present moment wisely and earnestly”
How do we let go?
One of the first steps to letting go is identifying the problem or problems and coming to terms with the grief it has caused you. Write down what you are attached to and brainstorm what resulted in that being caused, was it partly your fault or solely the other individual? Write down whatever comes to your head and give yourself the chance to get it all it out once and for all. Once you have done this, take the sheet of paper and destroy it as to cleanse yourself of all the anger that you held in for so long, you might not feel the results at first but I can guranntee that you feel a sense of relief.
Another method that may help you on your journey to letting go is a method inspired by Buddhist teachings that practices non-attachment. Non Attachment refers to the Buddhist teaching on non-attachment is ultimately about realizing the truth of yourself. It’s about what we believe about ourselves and the world around us. According to the buddha teachings, you have to become at peace with your mind before you can begin letting go, so this may be done through meditation or chakra training.
How do I know that letting go will make a difference to how I feel ?
Well, the whole point of letting go is that it is meant to be a process. Therefore, you can not expect to see changes that quick, however that doesn’t mean you give up because without a doubt the more you train your mind to clear, the more you will see a change.
Letting go of the past is definitely a difficult task and one that can not always be achieved lightly, although I do personally believe that following some of these steps will advance your process and aid your growth in life.
Until next time,