rid yourself of what you don’t need

rid yourself of what you don’t need
 photo by jill banach

photo by jill banach

Sometimes we experience physical pain in our bodies, which indicates that we may need to back off or recover. But why do we treat it so differently from mental blockages? We even hold much of our mental energy in the form of physical blockage. And the best way to let go of this is to release it. I know, easier said than done. But we all accept stressors that we assume we cannot control. And truthfully, we have the power to alter these impasses. A lot of what we hold onto is wasted energy that could be used for something that serves us more. We may hold onto certain feelings, even if they’re bringing us down, because that’s what we know. We find comfort in familiarity. But sometimes we need to force ourselves out of our comfort zones and expand ourselves to see what is out there for us. You don’t know unless you try. You may go through weeks, or even years, where you hold onto a single source of anger, sadness, or self-destruction. But realize that you don’t need to. It is liberating. You may find that your life makes a complete turnaround when you didn’t even know that it needed to.

 I’ve also realized that no outside influence can make you change your attitude, but people who care for you can lead you to clarity. Sometimes they’re aware of what’s hindering you before you are. People who care about you want you to be your fullest self. And sometimes it takes their pushing to help you to realize that a change is in order. But ultimately it’s up to you how you expend your energy. Just as you are in control of how physically hard you are working at a given time, you also can dictate how much mental energy you are expending. Some things are worth the energy you put into them—working hard towards a goal and finally achieving it, for instance. Other things are destructive to your mind and start to impact how you live your life. And sometimes you’re not even aware of this.

Listen to your thoughts, for they take up more space than you may think. We only have so much space in our lives. And it’s empowering to understand that we can organize how we spend our energy, to create better lives for ourselves.

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