September 23

The Art Of Letting Go

This week I have been working up to a letting go ritual for the full moon. Full moons for me are a great opportunity to release ‘stuff’.

This feels like a biggie. I started on Monday in my journal writing down this ‘stuff’. I looked at the emotions and the story I was holding onto. It felt good to get it out and to reflect on it. Tuesday I wrote a massive list of things I was grateful for. Wednesday I asked what would I choose instead? Thursday, the day of the full moon is the ritual. It will involve some writing, burning and reflection.

Letting go helps to create change

I believe that we can use letting go to create change, which means if we can get rid of the toxins in our lives, it can help us heal, improve communications, and find that all-important inner peace. Letting go also creates space for something more beautiful to enter your life.

There is so much that we can let go of to create space, better energy and healthier roots. What about letting go of the rubbish that your body doesn’t need, getting rid of people in your life and getting rid of other rubbish in your home and environment.

Letting go also includes decluttering your home. If you were to look around your house, what stuff could you give to charity? Or what stuff could you sell on eBay? I have yet another pile of books and clothes for the charity shop. It feels good to pass it on.

What about who is in your life that are not good people for you? I know it’s difficult to get rid of people from your life but think about how you can spend more time with the people that nourish you. We talk reason season, lifetime people. Who is in your life for a reason, a season or a lifetime? Who are those people you want to hold on to and the people you don’t want because they’re toxic or have toxic behaviours?

Letting go doesn’t mean just dumping stuff or washing your hands of something or someone. It means forgiving and letting go of your attachment to something or someone so that you can release them and heal yourself.

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Letting go opens up opportunities.

The heart of letting go

When you consider the roots of your emotions or feelings, what do you need to let go of? How would you feel if you did and who would be if you traced the roots of your pain and reframed from a place of love? Holding on to stuff causes pain. It also creates dis-ease in the body as your emotions manifest into something unpleasant. As you let go and release your ‘stuff’, you can create more ease in your body and, therefore, your life.

Letting go of these old beliefs and patterns of behaviour that do not serve you will support a healthy heart.

At the heart, there will be emotions to let go of, such as sadness and grief. When out of balance, these emotions tell us that we have become detached from our self-love and compassion. Grief may be telling you that you have lost faith in love.

Noticing these out of balance emotions is an invitation from your soul to examine the structure and environment you have created, which may not be serving you. Consider what these are doing to your life, bring yourself back to the present and work on soothing and nourishing yourself so that you come back into balance.

Letting go and your wellbeing

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Letting go (and forgiving) will improve your physical health, which is fundamental to your life and all of your energy systems. Without your physical health, your energy will be low. When you feel sluggish, you won’t make the best conscious choices.

You might be tempted to live on caffeine or sugary foods, but after the temporary high, you will crash and begin to feel stressed and, worse still, anxious. However, a certain amount of stress helps us adapt to our environment. Too much triggers a chronic stress response. Having too much stress in your life will suck the energy right out of you.

The heart chakra’s energy forms a junction between the physical and spiritual chakras and support for energy to be able to flow and align the rest of your chakras. It’s essential to look after all of your energy points, and as your life changes, as the world spins, your energy will change. It’s important to take the time to check in with your heart and let the energy flow throughout the rest of your body.

It seems that life is rarely straightforward, that we have lots of lessons to learn, but which are also gifts. Every day something crops up, and yet another layer needs peeling away. I often have a good cry when something comes to bite me on the bottom. What, I ask, is this new thing you want me to deal with? Why me and why now? Why not me, and why not now? Now is as good as time as any to deal with whatever it is and get it out of my life.

Letting go creates space for more opportunities and possibilities, and who doesn’t want more of that? Learn to embrace and love letting go. It is good for the soul and creates freedom. All you have to do is to decide to let go.

Journaling prompts for letting go

moon and letting go
  • What does letting go mean to you?
  • When I can finally let go of the most difficult thing, person, place, or situation, I will feel…
  • Today, I choose to let go of the things I can’t control, including…
  • What’s not working? How will it feel to let these things go?
  • When you trace the roots of what you are holding onto, what do you discover? What do you learn that means that you can now choose to make some changes?
  • Write a letter to letting go

Your full moon ritual or ceremony

  • Start your day by writing what you need to let go of
  • Later write a list of things you are grateful for
  • Then what you would choose to feel instead of what you do (reframe)
  • In the evening, write your letter to letting go – you will know what to write. Create a ritual with candles, sage and crystals or even a glass of wine. Say thank you for the lesson and then burn your letter.

Sleep well.

For more great prompts get The Little Book Of Journaling Prompts For The Heart Chakra.


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