In my latest Inspiring Note, I wrote about how I’m releasing/have released things that no longer serve me because it’s something that’s been heavy on my mind and heart. (Side note: My apologies if you’ve already read this in my latest email; you can skip to the part about some of the other methods I used below if you want).
I’ve been feeling like there’s something (or some things) holding me back from fully being who I am and reaching my highest potential. So, I decided to get a tarot card reading with Cheyanne, who I met at the #betweenwordsandwater retreat a couple of weeks ago. The reading served as confirmation that it was time to let some shvt go. In a nutshell, the cards said that to go to my next level, to get to a new beginning and be who I truly am, I had to close some doors and release the old me/who I think I am.
I’d already instinctively known this, but I still didn’t really know what was holding me back. So, I got still and quiet (i.e., meditated), did some reflecting, and asked myself these questions to determine what those things were:
- What do I need to let go of?
- What doors need to close?
- Who, if anyone, do I need to let go of?
- What parts of myself do I need to leave behind?
Here’s some of what came up for me:
- Worrying about what others think of me
- Clutter (physical and mental)
- Fear (of failure, success, being “too much,” outside judgment, being who I know I am)
- Being closed off (not vulnerable)
- Time wasters (e.g., social media)
- Negative social media
And when it came to the old me that I needed to shed, what came up was:
- Self-judgement and self-criticism
- Scarcity mindset
- Overthinking and overanalyzing
- Not standing in my truth
- Being in denial about who I am and what I’m here to do
- Not expressing myself fully
If you feel stuck or like you need to let some things go but you’re not sure what those things are, I recommend taking some time to meditate (10 or 15 minutes will do), listen to Spirit, then answer the above questions for more clarity.
And if you want to take it a step further, you can smudge yourself and work on balancing your root chakra, which I recently learned about.
This is something you can do to yourself or any physical space if you feel there’s negative energy or feel like you’re stuck, or depressed. Smudging can help get rid of that not-so-great energy and allow you to start fresh; it’s an ancient ceremony in which you burn sacred plants, like sage, and let the smoke clear and bless the space. You can read this to learn about smudging your home and this about smudging yourself.
What I did, in a nutshell, was movethe sage and smoke over the front and back of my body and affirmed that I was releasing any negativity, anything holding me back, and anything that no longer serves me.
After that, I did some meditation and yoga. And although I didn’t realize it at the time, but I was doing asanas (poses) for the root chakra, but before I get into that, here’s a brief intro:
We have seven chakras that are the centers in our bodies in which energy flows through. They are:
- Root chakra (located at base of spine) — represents our foundation and feeling like we’re grounded
- Sacral (lower abdomen) — our connection and ability to accept other people and new experiences
- Solar plexus (upper abdomen, in the stomach area) — being confident and in control of our lives
- Heart (center of chest) — being able to love
- Throat (throat) — ability to communicate and express ourselves
- Third eye (forehead between the eyes) — being able to focus and see the big picture
- Crown (very top of head) — ability to be fully connected spiritually
In addition to helping you feel more grounded, healing the root chakra also helps with releasing fear and anxiety, which is something I needed to do.
The yoga poses related to this (I didn’t realize they were related to this chakra as I was doing them) are tree pose, forward bend, child’s pose, and warrior 1.
You can do these whenever you feel you need to or twice a week in the morning. Additionally, you can heal this chakra by spending some time outdoors in nature. Happy releasing!
“Breathing deeply and releasing fear will help you get to where you want to be.” – Iyanla Vanzant