Featured Writer, Linnea Voss
There are many memes and quotes on the internet today that are meant to empower us. One that has become increasingly popular is the saying “let it go.” It sounds so freeing!! It also might sound dismissive to some. There is no doubt this saying has been around since humans came into existence. There is truth to the result of the process!! What might the steps look like for us to be able to live out this seemingly simple advice?
In order to gain momentum to make this happen, awareness of the physical manifestations of feelings and emotions need to be noticed in the body.
This noticing might look like giving some attention and space to pain or discomfort in your body. For example, when focusing on something you would like to “let go” of, do you notice your breathing pattern change, your jaw or shoulders tense up? Does your belly ache or feel queasy? These areas of discomfort are exactly what to look for in order to honor the emotions attached to them.
Our instincts tell us to run away from discomfort and our habits have taught us to distract ourselves from them. This time you will want to tell yourself you are safe and stay in the discomfort as long as you can.
Please stay there the same way you’d sit with a grieving loved one; with reverent respect, with no rush for them to move on from their grief, you will be able to create space for yourself to “let it go.”
Each time you practice this, you will honor yourself. By connecting with your body the same way you’d sit with a wise elderly friend, telling you a story. You wouldn’t judge, or disrupt.