3 Things to Release to Create Positive Change

There is an overwhelming beauty that we find in letting go of what does not serve us. We cannot ask for a new beginning while we still fervently hold onto everything that keeps us chained to the past, the outworn, or the non-essential. Of course, this is much easier said than done. This is why we struggle with the concept of letting go. We’re naturally habitual and routine-oriented in our endeavors; we work hard to settle into habits so that they become second nature to us. However, in order to grow  we need to embrace life in its most transient and impermanent form. We need to be open minded enough to create new ways of doing things, inspire fresh ideas, and see things from different perspectives. When we allow ourselves to rigidly grip onto behaviors and beliefs that do not promote evolution, we inevitably become stuck.

We only hold on through fear, and fear does not strike us out into new territory unless we work through it to find liberation. Here are 3 things to think about letting go of so you can free yourself.

1. Past Pain

We often refute and confound our pain which only causes more internal unrest and turmoil. Painful circumstances always have something to teach us. Pain instigates change and transformation, moving us forward through life’s hit to our heart. If we deny pain and grief then we effectively give it more power to continue harming us. However, when we take steps into whatever sorrow or sadness we feel, we begin to lessen its surge of inner conflict and confusion. It is not the embedded pain that is the issue; it is how we perceive it. We find our inner light for illumination through all our dark times. Once we absorb the lesson, we can adjust our outlook to what’s ahead.

“People suffer because they are caught in their views. As soon as we release those views, we are free and we don't suffer anymore” - Thich Nhat Hanh

2. Outworn behaviour patterns and beliefs

We flood our minds with untimely, unnecessary, and unhelpful thoughts. We allow external noise and our own outworn beliefs to infiltrate our thinking and keep us enclosed in cycles that hold us back. We become trapped in our own heads when we don’t take the time to observe and intuitively filter what builds a home in our mind. If we have created patterns and habits that are no longer useful or progressive, then only we have the power to create new ones that are. Change  is the essence of life. If we cannot challenge or reinvent ourselves then the world around us will remain something that we cannot find our truth or contentment within. Every external change must first begin with a focused inner vision and shift within ourselves.

“You leave old habits behind by starting out with the thought, 'I release the need for this in my life'”- Wayne Dyer

3. Lies and Limits

We all have untapped potential. The only thing that hinders us from engaging in the magnitude of who we are, is ourselves. We fearfully tell ourselves lies and falsehoods about what or who we are, and what we are able or unable to do. We take other people’s misconceptions and misjudgements to heart and don’t focus on the truth. When we do this, we subsequently limit ourselves. In order to begin delving into our meaning and hidden depth, we need to disengage with both our falsehoods and the falsehoods of other people. Once we scrape away at those perceived barriers, lies, and limitations we open up a space for our truth to shine.

“I don't put the truth in a cage. I try to find a way to release it” - William Hurt

Letting go of familiarity that is fundamentally ingrained within our lives is no easy task. It takes a lot of work and emotional resiliency. However, once you come out the other side you become grateful for the journey and inspire a new way forward with a clean slate of possibility to look forward to.

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