In order to bring something new into our life, we have to let something we’re holding on to go. If things are not flowing into your life as easily and rapidly as you desire, perhaps you should look at what you need to leave behind?
Explorers travel lightly
Backpackers pack efficiently because they know they have to carry the full weight of whatever they take with them. They make things do double duty. They re-use things. They choose the few vital things like a compass and a knife and a canteen and a sleeping bag and carefully select and add one thing at a time, noticing the weight and the time it takes to put it into action. They leave a lot of things behind.
Since life is constantly changing and we are on a continuous adventure of exploration, we should learn to travel lightly.
Chuck the outmoded beliefs
Begin by looking closely at what you think can happen. If those beliefs are not big enough they can keep you from seeking, considering, choosing and expanding the new choices.
For instance, as I grow older, some physical things look and feel a little harder. So I simply make physical adjustments in how I participate. However, I never let physical restrictions stop me from taking part in some manner. I can participate, but I have to make room to explore the possibilities of how.
What do you need to leave behind to have time for the new vision?
Life is a series of choices. If I want to do one thing, I may have to do less of some other thing.
We change and our needs and desires change. Look closely at what is calling to you and make time for what resonates the most.
Honor your own process. I like to immerse myself in a project, so setting aside ten days to focus on one aspect or one project suits my personal rhythm and my learning style. I also like to create more than complete, so I have added a “Completion Day” in which I get things out the door.
How do you like to work? And what do you need to make that happen? Take only those actions on your journey forward.
Who do you need to leave behind?
Take stock of the energy exchanges between you and your friends. Is it balanced? Has a friend grown too needy, too demanding? You always have a choice. Make room for supportive, nurturing empowering people in your life. Let the others go.
I love to learn but I’m realistic about how much I can absorb at one time and how much time I’m willing to spend on a specific class. I choose the best and most productive and most enjoyable use of my time and leave other opportunities behind.
Be prepared to cross a new threshold
Where are you going next and what do you need to take with you? What do you need to leave behind? You don’t pack snow boots when you are going to the tropics. You may need to leave some habits behind. You may need to find new, more streamlined versions of something that nurtures. Where are you going, and what are the most supportive ideas and relationships you need to take with you?
As I explore subtle group energy work in many forms, I have to make some choices. I take parts of what I’m learning and creatively adapt what I keep into practices that fit my personal purpose, my physical energy and my time. I don’t know exactly where I’m going or what will be required but I’m definitely leaving space to explore what shows up.
As new doorways open, new opportunities appear
What happens if you lay every thing down that you’re carrying around and step through the new door with just you and an open mind? Trust that whatever is needed will be provided. When you leave the “old” behind, you have room to embrace and explore the new. You are free and open to the new experience. You let the experience shape you.
As you end each day, lay down all your burdens, beliefs, and expectations.
As you begin each day, pick up only the tools you need for that day. You will become more productive and more joyous in moving through the opportunities you’re now free to explore.
What do you need to leave behind? Will you let go so you can move on?
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