Letting Go Physically, Mentally, Emotionally: Living Your Healing Journey Part 4. Episode 26 Show Notes

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We must be willing to let go of the life we have planned, so as to accept the life that is waiting for us.

—Joseph Campbell

In this series on Living Your Healing Journey, I have covered how to recognize the call to adventure and respond to it, and then the ways in which you might begin to see your life in a new way. The call to adventure, particularly when it comes through a chronic illness, might highlight things about your life that are not serving you. It’s time to let them go.

Letting go can be difficult, bringing up resistance to being in the unknown, but without consciously going through endings, it’s more difficult to move forward. You might find you’re holding onto:

  • Beliefs about yourself (I’m a workaholic, I’m superwoman/man
  • Expectations from others, and expectations you’ve now internalized (I’m supermom)
  • Roles and identities that are no longer you (the person who holds everything together, the peacekeeper)
  • Beliefs about healing and illness (I can’t heal, I have to heal, I will always get worse, I am my illness)
  • Resistance to illness and symptoms, or to health and healing

notworking_lettinggoPeople can hold on in physical, emotional, and mental ways, and you can also take anything you’d like to release into your body, mind, and emotions to explore letting it go.

What I talk about

  • Recap of the previous episodes in the Living Your Transformative Journey series
  • The benefit of consciously going through your endings
  • How and why resistance shows up when faced with letting go of beliefs about yourself
  • A framework to apply when you would like to let something go
  • How we hold on physically, mentally, and emotionally
  • Body based ways to let go
  • Working with the emotions of letting go
  • Using your mind to inquire into ideas, beliefs, and expectations that are no longer working for you

Notable Quotes

“If something is no longer working in your life, holding on holds you back.”


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