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This week I’ve been thinking a lot about those really crappy times in our lives, when we lose a friend or another close relationship or when someone does something really hurtful to us. It can be so hard to move past these situations, or to not let them eat us up from the inside for months (years!) to come. It’s like some people or some relationships can be so toxic that they infect us with negativity over time, and it’s so hard to let it go.
So today’s dose of inspiration is all about letting it go. Maybe it will help you get over a bad memory from your past, or something crappy that happens in the future.
Let it Go: Getting Over the Bad
Step 1: Sit somewhere quiet, and peaceful. Put on music or white noise if that’s your thing, or surround yourself with the comfort of silence if you prefer.
Step 2: Get comfy. Put on soft clothes that feel like a wearable hug; sit in your most cozy chair or pile up in your bed with too many pillows and your favorite quilt.
Step 3: Take a deep breath. In, and out. Do it again two more times.
Step 4: Take just a brief moment to acknowledge the negativity. It happened, and there’s no use pretending it didn’t. Take as long as you need to recognize it, but don’t allow yourself to dwell on it or wallow in it.
Step 5: Take another deep breath, and as you let out that breath, push out the negativity with it. Imagine you’re cleansing your body of all that negative energy, pushing it out and away with every breath. Repeat this step as often as you need to.
Step 6: Take a moment to mentally list out all of the good things in your life – the people who love and support you, the things about life that make you feel happy and secure. Remind yourself that these are the things worth holding onto, not the negative things that weigh you down.
Step 7: Take as long as you need to rest, clear your mind, and convince yourself that you are worth more than this. You don’t deserve to dwell on the things that hurt you. Those negative emotions and people don’t deserve to hold any power over you, and they have no place in your life.
I hope that helps you, in some small way, to find your way back to peace and learn to let it go.