Let It Go, Let It Flow: How Letting Go Unlocks a Life You’ll Love


You know how we sometimes cling to the past like it’s a beloved but raggedy old teddy bear? It’s cute and nostalgic, but it’s also kind of falling apart. That’s your cue to start letting go and make room for something even more fabulous!

So, if you’re ready to give your life a spa-like detox and make space for happiness, you’re in the right place.

What the Heck Is “Letting Go” Anyway? (And No, It’s Not About That Frozen Song)

Letting go is the act of releasing emotional, mental, or physical attachments that no longer serve you.

Yep, it’s pretty much the Marie Kondo of emotions: “Does this ancient grudge spark joy? No? Sayonara!

Forgiveness doesn’t mean that you condone an action you didn’t like, it does not mean that you become friends with the person who acted wrongly. In fact, you can forgive and still take legal action against the person you forgave.

You’re only telling yourself that you won’t be disturbed by the past anymore and that you accept that what happened is in the past.

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The Layers of Letting Go

Letting go can happen on multiple fronts—personal relationships, past traumas, work pressures, or that childhood incident where you ate mud (maybe).

While the circumstances differ, the essence remains the same: You free yourself from the shackles of past or present attachments.

Why Is Letting Go So Hard (Like a Root Canal)?

Here’s the irony—sometimes holding on is easier. I know, right?

The idea is that keeping a grudge or bad habit is less strenuous than letting it fly free. It’s all about familiarity, baby. Our brain loves the comfort of what it knows, even if it’s a toxic ex or a job that makes you want to pull your hair out.

Partly we store the hurt inside us as an internal protection mechanism. Somewhere deep down we believe that if we remember our painful past and not let the memories slip away, we won’t be hurt again. It’s our way to protect ourselves.

Channel Your Inner Elsa—You’ve Got the Power!

Remember, you’re not shackled to your past or your anxieties about the future. A change in perspective can break those chains faster than you can say “Freedom fries!” You have the power to turn the page, flip the script, and change the channel. So grab that remote and hit the “Let Go” button.

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Unpacking Letting Go: Why Finger-Pointing Won’t Heal Your Bruises

You ever get one of those metaphorical rocks in your shoe that just drive you bananas? Let’s say someone you once trusted put that irritating pebble in your pocket. Every step you take, “Ouch! Darn stone!”

Now, blaming them may feel satisfying for a second—like biting into a chili pepper, hot but eventually painful. Here’s the twist: No amount of finger-pointing will magically remove the stone from your pocket.

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Sure, you didn’t ask for this annoying pocket rock. But guess what? It’s there now, and it’s your pocket, my friend. No one else is going to reach in and take it out for you (well, unless you have really helpful friends, but that’s beside the point).

You need to recognize that the stone is a problem, understand that it is causing you pain, and then throw it away so that your problem can go away. Your bruises will clear away in time too after you’ve thrown the stone.

Letting go works the same way.

You could be right in thinking that you did not cause yourself hurt, but you still have to take responsibility for removing the hurt that has been caused to you.

Leave the Past in the Past: Why Letting Go Is Important?

In all honesty, releasing the past is a tough deed. It takes determination and practice. Letting go of tragic experiences, unhealthy relationships, and people… And there is tons to set free.

But, imagine how powerful and confident you’d be if the past didn’t bother you. There are many wonderful empowering reasons to let go.

1. No matter how many times you think about the past, you can’t change it.

You know how when you accidentally spill wine on a white rug, you can’t un-spill it? Same goes for the past.

Replaying old mistakes, reliving old traumas, and ruminating on ‘what could have beens’ won’t unspill the milk—or the wine. It’s like pressing rewind on a bad movie and expecting the ending to change.

Nope, not gonna happen! You might get a sympathy hug or two, but ultimately, you’re still carrying that heavy emotional backpack.

Seriously, think about it. That ‘coulda, shoulda, woulda’ is doing zilch, nada, nothing to the person who might have wronged you.

But who it is affecting? Yup, you guessed it. You. You end up marinating in your own emotional juices, and let’s be real, that’s not a recipe for a scrumptious life.

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2. By letting go, you create space for something new.

Imagine your heart as a snazzy, limited-edition treasure chest. It’s got a certain amount of space, and you don’t want it overflowing with emotional junk, right?

So, roll up those metaphorical sleeves and make room for a lover who makes your heart skip a beat or an adventure that gets your adrenaline pumping!

When you boot out old traumas and fears, you’re essentially saying, “Hey, Universe! I’ve got VIP room for some new thrills and chills. Bring it on!” And let me tell you, the Universe LOVES a go-getter.

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3. You’ll feel lighter, better and stronger after letting go.

By hanging on to our troubles, we add on to stress and anxiety in our lives.

The American Institute of Stress states that stress is the culprit behind a jaw-dropping 60% of all human illnesses. Yikes, right?

So, all that stress you’re hoarding is basically throwing a party for diseases and ailments to crash. Imagine, just imagine, giving that baggage the boot. Ah, feel that? Your shoulders just relaxed a little, didn’t they?

It’s as if you’ve swapped that boulder you’ve been carrying for a feather. You’re not just lighter; you’re stronger and bursting with a newfound energy that says, “I’ve got this.”

So go ahead, drop that baggage, and strut into your amazing, liberated life!

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Letting Go = Best Life Hack Ever

Why should you bother with all this “letting go” stuff? Simple! Think of it as cleaning up your emotional hard drive. Once you’ve trashed those unnecessary files, your system runs smoother. Suddenly, there’s room for joy and opportunities.

Letting go is the start of a life that’s as awesome as a double rainbow!

Rumi said it best, “Don’t grieve. Anything you lose comes round in another form.”

So why keep holding onto your old, rusty emotional chains? Check out these forgiveness exercises and tips to break free and let the universe surprise you with something spectacular. Peace out and onward to a life you’ll love!

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11 responses to “Let It Go, Let It Flow: How Letting Go Unlocks a Life You’ll Love”

  1. Forgiveness is when you release someone from their debt to you. This debt could be from a slight against you or a favor you did for someone. By forgiving the debt you are releasing the person as well as yourself.

    That said, you do not have to continuously take crap from anyone. When you forgive someone you must also set and enforce boundaries. That may mean that you decide not to loan somebody money anymore, or that you refuse to allow your sibling to visit your home because they have shown they can’t be trusted.

    Everyone deserves forgiveness. Everyone deserves a chance to become better. However, it is their choice to either remain as they are or to work on becoming a better person. If they choose not to work on themselves or better their lives, that’s not your problem.

  2. I have a hard time finding the difference between “I forgive you” and “it’s fine what you did to me”. I’m struggling with that.

    • It’s not so much “it’s okay that you hurt me” as it is “I accept that you did this to me. I wish you hadn’t and I hope you won’t do it again. But I’m not going to hold on to this pain forever.”

  3. There’s a buddhist teaching that says, (and I’m paraphrasing), “unforgiveness is taking poison and hoping it kills your enemy.” In that light, forgiveness is the decision to stop taking the poison. It’s the conscious practice of letting go of resentment, hatred, blame, and vengeance.

    As a practical note, I think it’s simpler to let go of those attachments by supplanting them with goodwill, than by simply ignoring them. Removing a harmful thought may result in another harmful thought taking its place, but actively replacing negativity with positive regard can kickstart a new response pattern that becomes routine. (For me, this works best if done without judgment, simply recognizing the peaceful stillness within and siding with it).

    “Forgiveness is for you, not for them” is partly true. But, I’d say it’s very much for everyone. You can certainly help yourself a lot by letting go of poisonous thoughts. And in turn, you help everyone else who encounters you, because they’re now in contact with someone who is more free of past suffering.

    • Thank you for this wonderful comment. I hadn’t heard the saying on unforgiveness before. It makes so much sense. Thank you for sharing.

      I love your idea of letting go of attachment​ as the other reader, Jony, said as well.

      And then, yes, forgiveness is for them too because we become more loving and compassionate beings towards everyone. Thank you for writing in!

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