Letting go is something we hear about often when it comes to healing. Learning how to let go is a skill that can make you feel happier, more peaceful, and even more productive. Much of what we hold onto is of no benefit and actually holds us back — yet we find it hard to let go or move on. Letting go is an act of self love. It’s time to let go, for you, for your self-care.
If we haven’t let go, we haven’t fully healed from negative emotional experiences. What we hold onto can continue to affect us, without even realising it. We hold onto things in our body and this can show up in our bodies in different ways, including as physical pain. For me, it’s my back and my breathing.
Things happen in life that have an emotional impact, so much so we can close our eyes, remember it and feel it all as though we were there. I think of my husband, our big love, a love that I don’t want to let go of. I also hold onto emotions around financial responsibilities, raising two children alone, in a way that is limiting me, terrified to get it wrong, so much so that I have often been paralysed – stuck, and falling backwards financially.
It’s been a long journey for me, learning to let go. In this post, I want to share with you my collection of letting go learnings, resources and helpful quotes that have created a shift in my mindset. I can honestly say, things are starting to shift. At last, I am letting go of layers, and layers of emotions.
I hope this helps you to believe that letting go is possible and life changing. I hope this article inspires you to let go, to move forward and live a life with more peace, lightness and presence – for you. You deserve a life of love and peace.
Letting Go Practices
There’s a letting go exercise on page 67 in You can heal your life, by Louise Hay. I recommend trying it again and again.
There is an EFT practice a tapping meditation by Nick Ortner that I find helpful for letting go of the past. You can listen to it here.
The Body Keeps the Score is a book I’d recommend reading. It really is a must read for anyone who has had traumatic experiences in their life. If you have a loved one that has battles with alcoholism or addiction, you have most likely experienced traumatic events that you are holding onto in your body. The book articulates how overwhelming experiences affect the development of brain, mind, and body awareness, all of which are closely intertwined.
Letting Go Quotes
“Holding on is believing that there’s only a past; letting go is knowing that there’s a future.” -Unknown
“Whatever the present moment contains, accept it as if you had chosen it. Always work with it, not against it.”
– Eckhart Tolle
“Things are as they are—we suffer because we imagined different.”
– Rachel Wolchin
“Some of us think holding on makes us strong, but sometimes it is letting go.”
– Herman Hesse
“We do not heal the past by dwelling there; we heal the past by living fully in the present.”
– Marianne Williamson
“To let go does not mean to get rid of. To let go means to let be. When we let be with compassion, things come and go on their own.”
– Jack Kornfield
“You can’t possibly embrace that new relationship, that new companion, that new career, that new friendship, or that new life you want, while you’re still holding on to the baggage of the last one. Let go… and allow yourself to embrace what is waiting for you right at your feet.”
– Steve Maraboli
“Letting go is the willingness to change your beliefs in order to bring more peace and joy into your life instead of holding onto beliefs that bring pain and suffering.”
– Hal Tipper
“The truth is, unless you let go, unless you forgive yourself, unless you forgive the situation, unless you realize that the situation is over, you cannot move forward.”
– Steve Maraboli
“When I let go of what I am, I become what I might be.”
– Lao Tzu
“Let things go. Release them. Detach yourself from them. Stop turning on your emotional television to watch the same program over and over again, the one that shows how much you suffered from a certain loss: that is only poisoning you, nothing else.”
– Paulo Coelho
“If you want to forget something or someone, never hate it, or never hate him/her. Everything and everyone that you hate is engraved upon your heart; if you want to let go of something, if you want to forget, you cannot hate.”
– C. JoyBell C.
letting go quotes—dialog between master and disciple
“Letting go doesn’t mean that you don’t care about someone anymore. It’s just realizing that the only person you really have control over is yourself.”
– Deborah Reber
“Letting go means to come to the realization that some people are a part of your history, but not a part of your destiny.”
– Steve Maraboli
“Cry. Forgive. Learn. Move on. Let your tears water the seeds of your future happiness.”
– Steve Maraboli
“Once you realize you deserve a bright future, letting go of your dark past is the best choice you will ever make.”
– Roy T. Bennett
“Sometimes people come into your life just to teach you how to let go.”
Letting Go Podcast
You can also listen to an episode of Smiling Again, which talks about letting go of painful emotions from the past.
If you are wanting help with your self-care and letting go, so you can create lasting changes in your life, join the Blossome community for support and encouragement while you learn how to take care of you. Follow a guided journey at your own pace, while you build healthy new habits, stay accountable and keep moving forward with your healing. You are worth it. Join the Blossome community.
Kim Moore is the Founder of Blossome CIC. She lost her husband Chris to alcoholism in 2017. She faced a difficult journey while raising 2 children alone, with her family living on the opposite side of the world. Kim founded the Blossome Community and The Pathway to Peace healing journey so no one would have to feel alone while enduring the trauma of a loved one’s battle with alcoholism or addiction. She is also on a mission to end the generational cycle of alcoholism and addiction in families.