Sometimes there are things in life that we hold onto for far longer than we should. We become emotionally attached and consider it a failure to step away. These things can take up so much time and energy and leave us feeling drained and uninspired.
I recently decided to give up a class at the studio where I taught my first ever yoga class. This is not a huge thing in the grand scheme of life but this studio represented my move away from a career path that wasn't right for me and a move into something that I truly love to do. It was the place where I found some of my most loyal students and where I met so many inspiring people. But the time slot wasn't working despite all my efforts (and I tried very hard indeed) to make it all come together. I had built up the class from nothing and due to a reshuffle at the centre, beyond the control of both me and management, I had to move the time and location of the class and it just wasn't right. I was dedicating far too much time worrying about it and wishing it would go back to the way it was before. It was zapping my energy and made me feel a bit crap about myself.
So rather than fretting anymore I decided to meditate on it. I realised that it was time to move on. The space is just a room. The relationships I have developed and the experience I have gained still exist. The class was a stepping stone towards where I needed to be. It made me a better teacher. It allowed me to serve the amazing people that chose to come along to class. It was no longer serving me or them to continue so I resolved to let go and I did. After I gave my notice I felt an enormous sense of relief and that in itself was a sign that it was time to move on.
The following simple contemplative meditation practice can be used to find clarity and courage to move on when you feel stuck in any area of your life.
- Come to comfortable seat on the floor or a chair. Watch your breath for a few minutes. Allow yourself to relax.
- Visualise the sitation you find yourself in. Observe how you feel.
- Recall all the positive times you had while immersed in this situation. Avoid dwelling on the negatives.
- Thank all of the people, including yourself, that made this experience a postive one.
- Set a positive intention to move on for your own good and to embrace the future with positive energy.
- End your meditation by taking a few minutes to watch your breath again.
Letting go takes courage and you are brave!