How to Let Go in the New Year - Letting Go & Releasing Your Baggage

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HAPPY NEW YEAR!!! I hope you all had a joyous, amazing new year! And, if you've stumbled upon this not on the new year, no worries because the lesson of letting go is something we can learn from at anytime of the year. I want you to ask yourself and have at the back of your mind, 1, 2 or 3 things you've been carrying for a while now that you think it's time to let go of. Letting go is a process and takes time and is of course dependent upon context and the depth, meaning and pertinence to you. But, nonetheless, use this episode transcript as a pick-me-up and reminder onto releasing any of the baggage you're currently carrying, anytime you need these powerful reminders.

Full Transcript of Today's Episode:

PLEASE NOTE BEFORE READING: I highly recommend you listen into the podcast show instead of reading through this transcript as this is done through a digital means. There may be errors in words, spelling, grammar and transcribing accuracy as a whole that don’t fully align with what was said during the podcast episode, so just keep that in mind. But, it’s here for you just in case you’d prefer to read through.

Hello everyone. Happy New Year. Happy 2019. I am so excited for today's show because I think it's very relevant to going out with the old in with the new and entering the new year. Today. I want to talk about letting go and I'm going to be sharing with you to sort of metaphors slash stories, parables with you in hopes that it'll help you out and letting go of something that may be you need to let go of. That was in 2018, 2017, 2016 maybe you're still carrying from years ago. Who knows? So ask yourself while you're listening to these things, is there something that you need to let go of because we all have things that we hold onto and I think that these two metaphors and stories will really help you out. The first one is one of my absolute favorite stories and lessons. It is called two monks and a woman. Now I'm reading this off of a website and I just found this off of a website called kind, and I'm just going to be reading it from there. However, it's a very old age famous story about the two monks and you can find it nearly anywhere and everywhere. If you google it, two monks and a woman, so here we go.

A senior monk and a junior monk. We're traveling together. At one point they came to a river with a strong current. As the monks were preparing to cross the river, they saw a very young and beautiful woman also attempting to cross. The young woman asked if they could help her across to the other side. The two monks glanced at one another because they had taken vows not to ever touch a woman then without a word. The older monk picked up, the woman carried her across the river, placed her gently on the other side and carried on his journey.

The younger monk couldn't believe what had just happened. After rejoining his companion, he was speechless and an hour passed without a word between them.

Two more hours passed. Then three, finally, the younger monk could not contain himself any longer and blurted out, as monks, we are not permitted to touch a woman. How could you then carry that woman on your shoulders? The older monk looked at him and replied, brother, I sat her down on the other side of the river hours ago. Why are you still carrying her?

I think that this is such a simple yet powerful story and I may have paraphrased it a tad bit and there's tons of variations and versions online, but it brings light to such a simple but powerful, incredible lesson. There are so many things that we tend to carry long after that they've even happened and I think it's up to us, especially entering the new year to be able to be more cognizant of what we're carrying from the past or the anxiety we may be having for the future because at the end of the day, it's about learning to live in the present and learning to respond from things in the present moment. Think about it. How many times have you responded in ways that you are really responding to something? In the past, not to something that's happening right now and maybe something in the past provoked how you're reacting right now, but in all realness. It has nothing to do with the current situation in the present moment, so a lot of the stress that we go through and a lot of the things that it does to our body comes from this kind of holding on and rumination. So I really hope that we'll just inspired you to think about what are you holding onto that you may need to let go of entering this new year.

Now the next one is something of course that you can find on Google as well. It's a screenshot that I had saved for a couple of years now and I always try to go back to it to my folders where I have all these screenshots to just give myself little reminders of inspiration or words of wisdom anytime I need them to. And this one has also many versions floating around online, but this is the particular one that I found and I've saved. So here it goes.

A psychologist walked into a room while teaching stress management to an audience as she raised a glass of water. Everyone expected they'd be asked the half empty or half full question instead with a smile on her face. She inquired, how heavy is this glass of water answers called out ranged from eight ounces to 20 ounces. She replied the absolute weight doesn't matter. It depends on how long I hold it. If I hold it for a minute, it's not a problem. If I hold it for an hour, I'll have an ache in my arm. If I hold it for a day, my arm will feel numb and paralyzed. In each case, the weight of the glass doesn't change, but the longer I hold it, the heavier it becomes. She continued. The stresses and worries in life are like that. Glass of water. Think about them for awhile and nothing happens. Think about them a bit longer and they begin to hurt, and if you think about them all day long, you will feel paralyzed, incapable of doing anything. Remember to put the glass down again.

The second one hones into that same lesson as the first one about the two Buddhist monks. It's in what we're holding onto that creates havoc and creates just a bad experience and bad reaction within our bodies and so many things that come from that. So I just want you to have these stories at the back of your mind. Google them if you have two. The first one is the two monks and the woman, and the second one is just stress management, holding a glass of water. It should come up, hopefully. Like I said, I had this one. Screenshot it for awhile and I really hope that these to motivate you to really think about what's going on in your head and what you need to let go of. Now, lastly, I'll leave you with this quote that you may also find relates very well with these two stories and that may resonate with you. Make sure you are responding to the present moment and not reacting to something from your past that the current situation reminds you of Merriam Husna. So guys, that's the podcast for today. Short and sweet, but very impactful. I really want you to relisten to this episode anytime you need a reminder of those two stories. Anytime you feel stressed out, anytime you feel like you're reacting in a way that isn't really conducive to what's happening in the present situation, and yes, we all have baggage. We've all gone through things in our lives, but again, it's not the weight of the water. It's not the thing. It's how long you hold onto it.

I really hope that you enjoyed this podcast episode and I can't wait to talk to you real soon, next week!


Sending you BIG love today & always! 

My whole heart, ♡


Hi! I'm Pooja,

A multi-passionate entrepreneur, coach and unwavering optimist committed to helping you become your best self yet.

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In this podcast episode, Pooja shares with you 2 impactful short stories in hopes that it'll help you let go of some things that aren't meant for you in the new year. She also ends with one of her favourite quotes in relation to the past and present moment. Ask yourself, is there anything you need to let go of? Listen in now!

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