To let go, of anything really, can be one of the hardest things to do.
Wether it is a grudge you have towards someone, self-guilt that you feel from a past mistake, or a worry that has been occupying your mind 24/7, to let go of that can be so difficult at times. There are some seasons of life where its easier than others.
So firstly, why is it hard to let go? This is a question we cannot answer but the beautiful thing is you don't have to answer it in order to let go of something. All we need to know is that because we are humans it is hard to let go.
Holding on to negative feelings and thoughts becomes problematic when what you are harboring has become a habit and is affecting how you live. In order to let go of something, you start inside. You start by being in tune with your body, mind, and soul and seeing how this state is affecting you.
Recognize that this current state isn't great! Once you are aware that it is not good for your wellbeing, time to throw it out! But before you do, accept that you are feeling this way and be ok with it. You can't get rid of something without realizing it is an issue and you need to be ok that you are having it.
So, how to let go? Tell yourself that the hardest part is realizing that this thing you are harboring isn't good for you. So good job already! Now you need to actively choose to detach yourself from your thoughts and feelings. What you are thinking and feeling...THAT IS NOT YOU. You are not one single thought or feeling. You need to tell yourself and feel this. Remember all of this is coming from within you. When beginning to let go of something try the below things.
- Create a space where you can be still and open to listening to yourself.
- Think growth.
- It may take a while to let go of something, but starting the process is progress.
- Choose to receive the peace God is giving you. Let go of what is weighing you down and give that to Him. He is asking for it.
- Express yourself! Do something cathartic: draw, sing, run.
- You need to release what you are harboring. You need to actively choose to let go. It is a physical action as well as mental.
I always like to refer to Peter 5:7. It says "Cast all your anxiety upon him because he cares for you."
and Philippians 4:6-7 "Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus."
These Bible verses remind us that God wants us to give Him our burdens. He is reminding us that we need Him.
Letting go is about receiving what comes our way then releasing it.