Healthy Living / Spiritual Growth

Stepping Stones for Release

As humans, we hold onto things.  We love our routines.  We watch the same TV show every Wednesday night.  We order the same cup of coffee every morning.  Great.  But there are other things we may hold onto as well…  That mean voice in our head every time we look in the mirror.  A relationship that makes us feel worthless.  We have a tendency to hold onto the bad as well as the good.  But no more!  Wellness junkies, let me introduce you to the power of RELEASE.

Releasing something into the universe that is no longer beneficial to you is a very empowering moment.  A thought.  A relationship.  A food.  An emotion.  A routine.  A job.  A feeling.  All of these things can be so beautiful in our lives, but can also be so very toxic.

Our Full Moon Circle

This past Friday night, a group of women came over to my place to have our first (of many) full moon circles.  The full moon is a time for releasing and letting go, shedding light on the things that we no longer need to hold on to.  What better time to get together, celebrate our femininity, and let go of the things that are no longer serving our growth and well-being.  And that, my friends, is exactly what we did.

Yes, there were candles and sage, but the main point of the evening was to find something specific within each of us, something that was no longer contributing to our happiness, and let it go.  Whoa.  It felt good, which is why I had to share it with you.

The beautiful thing about this process is that you don’t need a full moon circle or a ritual to let go (although you are always welcome to ours).  A simple breathing exercise can be perfect.  Sit in a quite space, get grounded, take a few deep breaths, and focus in on something specific that is no longer benefitting you, something that you are ready to let go of.  Then, on your exhales, breathe it right out of your body.  Let it go.  Feel it leaving.  Release it to the universe. Ahhhh…  I feel relived just talking about it :)

You can also have a ritual of your own.  Light some candles.  Give thanks for all that surrounds you.  Write down whatever it is you want to release on a piece of paper.  Then crumple it up and throw it away.  Rip it into shreds.  Light it on fire.  It’s up to you.  The physical act of destroying that piece of paper can help with the release.  This way, if you begin to have any feelings resurface, you can come back to this moment and remind yourself “No, I destroyed that, it no longer exists”.

With all of this said, I know that not everything is easy to let go of.  We have conditioned ourselves over our years of living, and change can be a scary thing.  Remember to start small.  Begin with a resentment that you have against a family member or with a daily thought that is not benefitting your happiness.  Over time, the power of release can be more easily incorporated into the larger things in your life.

Do you have something that you are holding onto that is no longer serving your well-being? Are you ready to let go of it?  I know that you are.

with love and happy living,

Amanda

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