5 Simple Practices to Letting Go
How do you know what you are holding on to? Being aware of your everyday reactions to life events, give you your clues. When you are paying attention, you begin to see more clearly the obstacles and habits that are dragging you down. Becoming more attuned to your inner voice as it narrates and interpets your experiences, gives you more control. Letting your emotions and sensations flow without attachment is essential for your health.
These five simple, practical activities can increase your awareness, help identify what you are holding on to and give you healthy ways to release thoughts and their corresponding emotions.
- Practice the I Let Go Meditative Movement™ when you have identified something that is bothering you. In Jill Bolte Taylor's book, Stroke of Insight, she states: "My anger response is a programmed response that can be set off automatically. Once triggered, the chemical released by the brain surges through my body and I have a physiological experience. Within 90 seconds from the initial trigger, the chemical component of my anger has completely dissipated from my blood and my automatic response is over. If, however, I remain angry after those 90 seconds have passed, then it is because I have chosen to let that circuit continue to run. Moment by moment, I make the choice to either hook into my neurocircuitry or move back into the present moment, allowing that reaction to melt away as fleeting physiology." So you will need to practice the movement for at least 90 seconds as the chemicals are flowing through your body.
- Focus your breathing. Set a timer for about five minutes. Sit in a comfortable position. Close your eyes. Focus your attention on your breath. Notice how it naturally comes in and out of your body. If any thoughts arise, let them go and return your attention to your breath.
- Say positive things to yourself. In The Magic of Thinking Big by Dr. David J. Schwartz, he recommends creating a type of commercial for yourself. Write the commercial in first person and list your assets and best qualities. Practice your commercial out loud. Repeat forcefully with determination. Read every time somebody or something has let you down.
- Enjoy nature. Take time to go outside. When you take in the beauty and magic of nature, your mood automatically lightens. As you move, remember to focus your attention on what you are seeing and feeling. When thoughts arise that want to take you out of the present moment experience, let them go.
- Practice gratitude. Before getting out of bed, thank life for giving you another day. Let go of any complaining thoughts that suggest the day will not be great.
Your life is precious. You can exercise your personal power in new ways to experience a more fulfilling experience and for better wellbeing.