December 5 Prompt: Let Go
What (or whom) did you let go of this year? Why?
The first thing that came to mind upon reading this prompt was the weight I lost over the course of this past year. Since January, I've let go of 40 pounds. It feels great (amazing, actually), but as anyone who's lost a significant amount of weight can tell you, losing weight is about so much more than the weight itself. So, I asked myself, in the process of losing the weight, what things was I actually letting go?
I let go of a way of eating that - when I got really honest with myself - was not aligned with my values of compassion, ahimsa (the yogic principle of non-violence), sustainability, and the well-being of our bodies and the earth. After this realization, I let go of meat, dairy, processed food, and refined sugars, and embraced a plant-based diet with an emphasis on local, organic produce.
I let go of a pretty sedentary lifestyle and gave my body the activity it craved through regular running and yoga. Eventually, my reawakened love for regular movement helped me to realize that the whole commuting/desk job thing was no longer working for me, so I let go of that to make room for a healthier, more active lifestyle and to begin classes in holistic nutrition!
Perhaps most importantly, I let go of some self-limiting beliefs about myself, what I deserve, and what's possible for me. A year ago today, if you'd told me I would let go of 40 pounds over the next year, I would've thought, Yeah, in my wildest dreams. But it turns out, when you let go of that same self-doubt, your wildest dreams start seeming not-so-wild, and in fact, begin bearing an uncanny resemblance to reality.
What (or whom) did you let go of this year?
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