10 Things to Let Go of in 2018 (& Always)

New Years Intentions, Resolutions, Goals are well and good, but they can get to be a bit overwhelming. Right?

This year, I reviewed my list of New Years Resolutions from the past few years and found a lot of...

I'll do more of this…

And more of that...

More. More. More. More. More.

While I’m cool with the idea of more, I’m also cool with the idea of less, because less is more. AND I am enough.

As a striving Yogini I'm one of my prevailing practices is in non-attachment and creating a fairly simple life. I don’t really want a lot of stuff lurking around - physically and mentally. After perusing my list, I felt quite overwhelmed with all of the additional stuff. So, to counter that overwhelm-tion I asked myself:

What can I do without this year? Both in my yoga practice and life?

What can I do to lighten my load - to create space for all of this new?

I listed the following.

1. Fear

“There are two basic motivating forces: fear and love. When we are afraid, we pull back from life. When we are in love, we open to all that life has to offer with passion, excitement, and acceptance. We need to learn to love ourselves first, in all our glory and our imperfections. If we cannot love ourselves, we cannot fully open to our ability to love others or our potential to create. Evolution and all hopes for a better world rest in the fearlessness and open-hearted vision of people who embrace life.” - John Lennon

Face fear head on in 2018. Don’t pull back.

Home Practice Recommendation: Join Laura Amazzone & Christi Christensen  for "Kali: Let Go of Fear and Own Your Power" , a vinyasa flow, mantra and meditation practice  that can be used to transform difficult emotions, such as fear, and tap into your power.  (67 mins.)

2. Coulda, Woulda, Shouldas

“Of all the words of mice and men, the saddest are, "It might have been.” - Kurt Vonnegut

What’s done is done. You can’t go back. The present is now, be here.

3. Toxic Relationships

“Keep away from people who try to belittle your ambitions. Small people always do that, but the really great make you feel that you, too, can become great.” - Mark Twain

Enough with people that make you feel blah. Choose people that elevate you - people that make you better.

Home Practice Recommendation: Turn to Ashley Turner’s online yoga video - a Cord Cutting Meditation - to help you release relationships or people in your life that have been toxic or unhealthy.

4. Expectation

“To let go means to give up coercing, resisting, or struggling, in exchange for something more powerful and wholesome which comes out of allowing things to be as they are without getting caught up in your attraction to or rejection of them, in the intrinsic stickiness of wanting, of liking and disliking.” - Jon Kabat-Zinn

Do not expect things to pan out just so. They rarely do. Hey, sometimes they pan out even better!

Home Practice Recommendation: Check out Rolf Gates’ Vinyasa yoga video "Letting Go of Wanting and Not Wanting. Practice coming into the moment, letting go of wanting and not wanting, and being with the rise and fall of your breath in this challenging online yoga class. (93 mins.)

5. Regrets

"Do not brood over your past mistakes and failures as this will only fill your mind with grief, regret and depression. Do not repeat them in the future." - Sivananda

Do not burden your soul with things you cannot change. Resolve, instead, to be better next time. That’s all you can do.

6. Excuses

“I attribute my success to this - I never gave or took any excuse.” - Florence Nightingale

If you want to see things get done in 2018, stop making/accepting lame excuses. Where there’s a will, there’s a way.

7. Yester-years

“Never look back unless you are planning to go that way.” - Henry David Thoreau

It’s tempting to meander down memory lane. Sure, it can be fun - even beneficial - to reflect, but don’t stay back there too long. Be present. Don’t miss out on all the beauty and opportunity right in front of you!

Home Practice Recommendation: Love your past, create your future and find contentment in the present moment with  "Santosha: Heart Opening Yoga" with Dana Damara. (51 mins)

9. Fantasies of Perfection

“I think what makes people fascinating is conflict, it's drama, it's the human condition. Nobody wants to watch perfection.” - Nicolas Cage

Strive for progress; not perfection. Perfect is an illusion anyways. And if it were real, it’d be boring as hell.

10. Negative Thoughts

“There is little difference in people, but that little difference makes a big difference. The little difference is attitude. The big difference is whether it is positive or negative.” – W. Clement Stone

Happiness comes from shifting your perception of world. When things get messy in 2018, will you give up and catastrophize the situation? Or, will you take the happy road, and realize that all things - bad and good - happen for a reason?

Home Practice Recommendation: Join Jeanne Heileman for "Lift up out of Your Bootstraps"  an online yoga class for those days when you are feeling thick, heavy and stuck seeing things from a negative point of view. This class is sequenced to helped you access more lightness and energy in your body. Be warned, you may end up smiling by the end of this practice! (64 mins).

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Dismiss the stuff that’s been holding you back.

Lessen your load and lighten your spirit.

Create space for your new intentions to manifest in 2018.

What will you do less of in 2018? Please share!

 

Edited post, original post written by Tessa Johnson

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