This week we are talking about how, when we make the choice to let go of something, we are also letting something else in our life. Sometimes, this simple shift in perception of what we are doing can create more positive changes. Here are two more things we can work on "letting in": Let in Serendipity
Have you ever had something happen (positive or negative) that came along at just the right moment, where it actually taught you a lesson from the experience? Sometimes we call these experiences "God Winks", and sometimes we call them serendipitious moments. Regardless, it's important for us to be aware of these experiences, because not only does it make us feel more alive and experience more gratitude, it allows us to feel a part of something larger than ourselves and trust the process of our lives (we are exactly where we are meant to be... even if things aren't going how WE think they should!). Look at these events as a blessing.
Let in Pain
This is a really difficult one. Especially since our culture is so avoidant of pain. We are very quick in wanting to jumpt to something to take our pain away, whether that is a substance (alcohol, drugs, etc.) or things (food, shopping, etc.). When we allow ourselves to feel pain, we also let in the reminder of how good it feels when we aren't hurting. If you never feel pain, you also rob yourself of feeling the extreme joy of something wonderful. Letting in appropriate pain also allows us to learn to trust ourselves with our feelings, which is a great thing! Learn to let in your pain and learn to trust yourself with the whole range of human emotion!
*Adapted from “You Are Worthy of Receiving: 10 Things To Let Into Your Life” by Kathy Kruger
Joleen Watson, MS, NCC, is a therapist at Imagine Hope Counseling Group. She enjoys doing marriage counseling, relationship counseling, couples counseling, and individual counseling. Imagine Hope also specializes in family, child and adolescent counseling and serves Indianapolis area including the surrounding areas of Carmel, Noblesville, Zionsville, Westfield, and Fishers.