Recently I was at an art event and spoke with an artist who said some powerful words to me. He told me to let go. Even though I've said these words hundreds of times over the years in my yoga classes, I realize just how important they are in all areas of my life. As we continue to move into this new year, it's time to really let go so that we can flow more freely through life.
Let go of wanting to be someone different than who you are. Stop comparing yourself and measuring yourself against other people and their accomplishments, and start appreciating your unique traits and preferences. Let go of trying to become something that you think you are not, and realize that you already have that which you desire inside you. You just have to allow it to unfold. Stop holding yourself back by thinking that you aren't good enough. You are. You’re the only one stopping yourself from realizing your greatness and becoming the person you wish you could be.
Let go of the past and anyone who isn’t treating you the way you to be treated. Sometimes you just need to let go and accept the fact that they don’t care for you the way you care for them. If someone wants you in their life, they’ll figure out a way to bring you in. If they aren’t doing that, let them go. Release anger, guilt, shame, or any other negative emotions that may be weighing you down. Allow yourself to let go of any grudges and forgive anyone you may have some resentment toward. And most of all, forgive yourself for any mistakes you feel you may have made. You have the choice to continue to feel bad or to give yourself the piece of mind you deserve.
Let go of trying to control things that you cannot control. In yoga, we are able to go deeper into the poses not by pushing or forcing our bodies into them, but simply by surrendering, letting go, and breathing. Surrendering means not putting worry and fear into the process. It means doing your part, and then relaxing and expecting that everything will work out for the best. It is shifting your thinking to focusing on what you want to happen, and realizing that whatever happens is for your highest good. Trust in the unfolding of your life.
Zen master Osho says, "Life is great, there is no way to finish it. The more you enter into it, the vaster the possibilities that open their doors. Yes, you can arrive at one peak and suddenly there is another. It is non-ending”.
In meditation you are constantly letting go. You are constantly freeing yourself. Each moment is a new opportunity to get out of the past and to get out of your head. Close your eyes and begin to breathe. As a thoughts arises, notice it and then try to release the thought from your mind. Continue to do this, starting over each time your mind wanders, and bring it back to your breath.
Focus your mind on these positive affirmations:
“I am letting go of anything that is not for my greater good and I ask it to release me."
“I am inviting and allowing good to come into my life."
"I am open and ready to grow, to expand, and to free myself from any limiting beliefs so that I may move more freely through life.”
"I am free."