Releasing, for me is feeling more free and light. More open and present to what's happening around me.
Here's some more thoughts on what it means to release..........
Going with what's happening versus forcing what you want to happen.
Letting what is BE.
Surrendering to your current situation.
Accepting what has happened. Accepting what is happening. Allowing what is happening.
Letting go of resistance, especially when you want to continue holding tight.
Letting go of regret.
Letting go of comparing yourself to others.
Not judging yourself for where you're at in life, while trusting that where you're at is helping you to learn and grow.
You're right where you should be.
Lately, it's been helpful for me to pull myself back into my center by reminding myself that nothing is wrong. Meaning, where I'm at in my life is just where I'm at, no judgement needed. Especially from myself. Believing that your life "should" look different than it does causes so much suffering.
In order to free yourself from dissecting your life and picking out the pieces that you're self proclaiming as wrong, I encourage you (and myself) an alternative perspective to practice.
Here it is:
Trust that the doors that are opening and closing in your life are happening for you, not too you.
This might have you rolling your eyes in annoyance, which I can totally relate too. Sometimes things are going down in our lives that are truly challenging, difficult and causing sadness, so how can we even begin to wrap our heads around the fact that there's some "universal" bigger picture? Like WTF, right? I get it.
Here's the thing: There's no denying that our feelings are real and true about difficult situations. Gaining a new perspective doesn't make those hard feelings go away, but it does change the way we see and feel about any present situation. When we begin to see things differently, we begin to feel differently.
I know that, for me, when I'm in a low vibe state of mind, it's often because I'm bummed out about how I think the past "should have" gone or worried about what may or may not happen in the future. Something I'm currently reminding myself of is to "look forward." Not looking forward to stress or worry about the future, but looking forward in a way of being more present and expecting an exciting and fulfilling future. I get to create it, right? Might as well make it a good one.
In order to feel more light and hopeful about the now requires shedding the weight of the past. This includes releasing any shame or guilt that you're carrying with you that's, literally, weighing you down. Let whatever this "weight" is for you go.
It's not serving you. It's not solving anything to carry old hurts and upsets. You're not going to fix or figure anything out by hanging onto it, which is contrary to what our logical mind believes.
We can get stuck on trying to pick apart and sort out the past. Often we need to let it go so it can do it's own organic reformation without our involvement. Once that's done we usually can sit more peacefully within. Letting go is our work. The rest will happen from our courageous step of letting go and releasing what we no longer need to carry.
*Image taken on the beaches of Tulum, Mexico.