When you think of letting go, many things might come to mind. You can let go of physical things such as the pair of shoes that you just had to have, but you realize that they don’t go with anything you own anyway.
You may also have to let go of a relationship that just isn’t working anymore. Perhaps, like me, you’re getting ready to move away from your house for the first time, or perhaps you’re struggling to let go of a deceased loved one.
Maybe that job isn’t working for you anymore, and it’s time to try something new.
Whatever the case may be for you, letting go of our old “stuff” is a necessary part of allowing something new into our lives.
Let’s use career as an example. When I began studying to be a social worker, I thought that it was my purpose in life. I was so excited about getting out there in the field and helping people.
However, I kept getting this nagging feeling. I was aware of my intuitive gifts, and I was frustrated that social work didn’t fully address the spiritual aspect of people’s problems. I finally decided on intuitive counseling as a career.
In order to allow this new beginning, I have had, and still have to, let go of many things.
I’ve had to let go of the thought that social work is my only life purpose.
I’ve had to let go of the belief that I was somehow evil or wrong for doing this.
I have to let go of my deep need for my family’s approval.
So how can we practice letting go? Well, let’s start with the physical things that we no longer need. You can practice letting go by deciding what you are going to keep, what needs to be thrown away, and what can be given away. Then, welcome something new into your space by buying a plant or some new clothes to replace the old ones.