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Release + Let Go

Friday, March 16, 2018





This past week I did a lot of searching.  Feelings and emotions take over and sometimes its difficult to separate yourself from what are YOU ARE feeling and what are the feelings of others around you. 
I journaled and journaled, meditated and prayed.  I know often my anxiety, my sadness, my frustration, my anger, all come from a different place.  These often do not belong to me.  They belong to a friend I spoke with, they belong to a family member who has shared something painful, they belong to the person, who wrote an article about being mistreated, but they don't belong to me!  I frequently find myself carrying this emotional baggage that has nothing to do with me.  Let me tell you something, this brings me down.  I get stuck in feeling all of these and find it challenging to empathize with the people around me without the ability to separate myself from them.  After my journaling and meditation, I have realized that I need to do more and more of separating, acknowledging those feelings and being able to offer help when appropriate, but also releasing and letting go of those that do not belong to me.  I am not the best at doing this.  I wear my heart on my sleeve and I want to be able to help everyone around me.  I am thankful for clarity and ability to start this shift.  I am now focusing more on empathizing and helping but not carrying the emotional baggage with me (believe me I have enough emotional baggage of my own LOL); this brings you down, and leaves you drained, exhausted and unable to think clear.  My intent everyday is to continue to be compassionate, accept what is going on, check with myself if there is a way I can help or a resource I can provide and withdraw.  It is a process.  I keep coming back to this daily and sometimes more than once a day. Release. Let Go. 






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10 comments :

  1. This is so true. I try hard not to hold on to my own thoughts of negativity and limits. I truly believe that you attract what you put out and that positive things happen to positive people.

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  2. My aunt always used to talk about this. She would say "does this belong to me" and if it didn't then just let it go and move on!
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  3. This reasonates with me. I lost so much sleep last night worried and having anxiety about someone else’s problem. It was just how I was reacting to it!

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  4. I can imagine it must be difficult to try and bear everyone else's burdens on top of your own. I'm glad you are working hard to let go of that weight.
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  5. I totally agree with this!! I know I can feel other people's stress and anger and sadness and then it gets to me. I need to realize it's not mine and just let it go more often, even though it is difficult when it is a loved one.

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  6. It sounds like you are a "feeler" - it can be a wonderful thing, but also prone to carrying others' emotions. Appreciate what you're doing to try to separate.

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  7. Sometimes the most important thing to do is just posh through it. Hard to do when we are in that stuck mode.

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  8. Love this! I often find myself stuck in the same cycle also. It has taken a lot of practice, but I think I am finally getting the hang of letting go!

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  9. You have a big heart. I too carry the pain and stress for others. My day job is similar to that of a psychiatrist therefore by the end of the day, I am drained and sad.😔

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  10. Such a fascinating idea about how we carry others' emotional baggage... IT IS SO TRUE!

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