Outside my window I can see the beech leaves as they reveal their innate colours of red and yellow. They will hang on a bit longer, looking beautiful in the sunlight, then let go without fuss.
It’s a timely reminder for us to declutter as we hurtle three quarters of the way through the year. To let go of the old and make space to nurture something new. Whether it’s literally sorting out old paperwork and redundant objects, or internally shedding outmoded limiting self-beliefs.
Many of us who have an abundance of material clutter forget how lucky we are. I recently watched this beautiful film, The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind, based on fact. With no excess of anything at all, the young boy, William Kamkwamba, created a working water pump from discarded pieces.
Often, letting go of something can have far-reaching consequences!
A Round-up on how to let go
I have collated some pieces I’ve written on the subject of how to let go and nurture the new, in some shape or form. As nature gently shifts once more towards a new season, I invite you to browse and see which aspects call for your attention.
It’s time to let this go
I think of the trees and how simply they let go, let fall the riches of a season, how without grief (it seems) they can let go and go deep into their roots for renewal and sleep … Imitate the trees. Learn to lose in order to recover, and remember that nothing stays the same for long, not even pain … let it all pass. Let it go.
May Sarton from ‘Journal of a Solitude’
Bring to mind a situation or feeling. One that deep down you know you’re ready to let go. Something that’s been weighing you down.
Think of it as clearing out junk. It allows you to open up space to feel freer and lighter.
Let go of negative thoughts with mindful meditation
Like autumn leaves or ripe apples, both falling exactly when they’re ready, there is no forcing, no pushing. Release with ease.
Make peace with your body stories
Imagine that your body is your home or your temple. We all wish to be at peace in our homes. Here are some ways to let go of old deeply entrenched body stories and nurture new appreciation.
Unhook from ruminating thoughts
They often appear when you’re trying to sleep. Or before you are about to do something big because those thoughts include an inner critic who says you won’t be good enough.
You have a choice – to keep ruminating. Or you can shift your focus. Choose to sit with your breath and watch those thoughts as though they are floating by like leaves on a stream.
Read more here to explore how to unhook.
My rage against reality causes stress
Sometimes, instead of letting go, we can accept and let it be.
Read more here about how this really works …
If you want to delve deeper into the wisdom of trees this is a good read:
The Hidden Life of Trees by Peter Wohlleben
Yvette Jane – Mindfulness & Meditation Guide