Why You Must Learn to Let Go



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By Jessica Munoz


"The obstacles of your past can become the gateways that lead to new beginnings." - Ralph Blum

About a year ago, I remember feeling very distraught over the relationship I was in because I knew it was going awry. I had sworn to myself that that relationship was what I wanted, but I spent most of my days unhappy. One day, during a particularly emotional yoga session, I excused myself to use the restroom, and there on the walls of that restroom, painted in a big beautiful font were the words, "Just Let Go."

As strange as it may sound, I felt as if I had found myself in the exact place I was supposed to be, reading the exact words I needed. I listened to the words and immediately felt a huge weight lift off my shoulders. I was ready to let go of the unhappiness I had willingly allowed to burden me for so long.

And sometimes, thats all we really need: the strength and courage to just let go. To be light. And to be open to all of the good life has to offer.

Here are some helpful thoughts on letting go . . . 

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"All pain passes eventually. It will be easier if I help them pass by being mindful. I can’t always control what happens to me, but I can control how I respond to it." 

- 10 Steps on moving on from a past relationship peacefully. (tinybuddha.com)

"You can’t change the past; you can only learn and grow from it. Dwelling in the "coulda-woulda-shoulda" world is like staying on the same page of the same chapter in your book, afraid of what the next chapter may bring."

- Yoga instructor Kathryn talks on how change after a relationship is a good thing. (mindbodygreen.com)

"Moving on is sometimes the only way to develop new, empowering relationships. Starting anew, empty-handed and full-hearted, you can build fresher, stronger, more supportive relationships—important relationships that allow you to have fun and be happy and contribute beyond yourself. These are the meaningful relationships we all need."

- Authors Joshua and Ryan of Minimalism: Live a Meaningful Life discuss the importance of letting go of a relationship that doesn't serve you. (theminimalists.com)

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Jessica Munoz

Jessica is a writer living in Venice Beach. Her guilty pleasure is food competition shows.

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