This weekend I attended a Forrest Yoga Workshop at Equilibrium Yoga Centre in Peterborough.
I spent five hours on Saturday doing yoga, and then another three on Sunday. Suffice to say; I don’t know which area of my body aches the most.
But aside from learning more about this intensely physical form of yoga, I was inspired by the theme of the weekend – “Letting go of that which no longer serves you.”
This to me, felt like a very valid point with it coming to the end of Self Care week, and it personally struck a cord with me.
I’ve spent much of my life letting go of things that didn’t feel right. Some have said it’s quite a cold approach. But without my tenacity to adapt and make changes, I wouldn’t be the happy and healthy person I am today.
In my short life so far, I’ve stopped friendships that were toxic to the point of bullying, ended relationships that no longer made me feel like myself, and changed careers when I felt that my work was no longer serving its purpose.
All in all, you could say, I’ve become quite a professional at letting go.
But it’s not just the external conflicts we have with others that we need to let go of. It’s the internal battle with ourselves that can actually be the most damaging.
Again, I experienced this deeply growing up, as my birthmarks made me hate the way I looked. Often with the voices in my head telling me that I was worthless and nobody would ever be interested in such a creature.
These torturous voices that I played out in my head were more damaging than the school bullies. And it’s those voices which are often the hardest to conquer.
We treat ourselves in such a negative way, that if we were to say them out loud, we’d probably shock ourselves and those around us.
Letting go has to start within. Saying goodbye to your inner critic and welcoming your cheerleader. You know she’s in there somewhere.
In the yoga workshop, the instructor spoke of how we should imagine ourselves as trees shrugging off those leaves that no longer serve their purpose. And that my friends is what I invite you to do this autumn. What are you holding onto that you really should let go of?
Personally, I feel that this time of year is the most poetic to re-evaluate. Not only can we look back on the year and think about those things that have made us happy or sad, but we can look forward to a new year, and make some promises to ourselves that we will let go of those things around us that do not serve our inner wellbeing.
I hope those wise words have resonated with you as much as they have with me.
If you already know what you’re letting go of this year, post a message below.
Something will grow, once you just let go