We Have No Idea How Much Baggage We’re Carrying Until It Starts to Fall Away.

Via on Feb 6, 2013
Photo:  Manoj Kengudelu, Flickr
Photo: Manoj Kengudelu, Flickr

The Journey Back to Yourself.

“To take in a new idea you must destroy the old, let go of old opinions, to observe and conceive new thoughts. To learn is but to change your opinion.” ~ B. J. Palmer

The journey to wellness is always…well, exactly that. There’s no going from zero to 100, but instead, small, steady progressions.

It forces you to keep in check with yourself, to listen to yourself and to get to know your body. And you do get to know your body—parts of it you didn’t even know existed!

Something else happens along the way as well—a not-so-little thing called release. You really have no idea how much physical and emotional baggage you’re carrying until it starts to fall away.

In the beginning, you feel like you’re literally melting away. Pants are sagging, that once snug shirt starts to fit the way it’s supposed to. You’re riding high on top of this new pinnacle, feeling emotions and elation you had only dreamed about back when you opted to sleep in, rather than go for that early morning run or bike ride.

You’re climbing. And climbing equals progress, which feels oh so good! The physical signs are all there, but then comes the next process—checking in with yourself, becoming comfortable with the new you in the mirror.

This might sound ridiculous, but the shift from one version of yourself to the next improved version takes place more in your head than on your hips. You actually have to acclimate to this new version of yourself, and part of that work is feeling worthy of this new-found awesomeness.

Finding your way into this new head space is half the journey toward release. You face old attachments, old habits, old ways of thinking of your life and your place in it.

This is where creation comes into play, as in creating the new you.

As you move into this fresh space, you’ll find yourself drawn to new things, and maybe even healthier things. You find your eyes change; you see things, people and circumstances differently.

But this doesn’t happen overnight, and there are many, many relapses. We don’t realize how habitual we are until we’re asked to let go of those rituals to welcome and adapt to new routines we know are better for our bodies and minds.

We don’t realize knowing doesn’t necessarily make it any easier.

We’re programmed to think once we know something, that’s enough, and we’re changed. And that couldn’t be more wrong.

There are facts, and there is knowledge. But in order to really absorb this new information,

You need to live it.

Experience it.

Become it.

You need to release the image of yourself in your mind and start seeing yourself for who you really are and what you’ve become—changed.

You expand. You start thinking of horizons and possibilities that once seemed blocked to you. Fears slowly release, mental restraints loosen and this strange word called allowance enters your vocabulary.

You notice changes in your life, like what starts showing up in your life and what starts fading out. Dreams start to seem more attainable, and not so out of reach.

You find yourself swirling in all the new possibilities, and dare you imagine it…freedom?

Increased energy and enthusiasm lead to increased stamina, vision and clarity. Buried aspirations are resurrected, and you realize the power to manifest everything you’ve ever wanted has always been sleeping—dormant—inside you, just waiting to be awakened, discovered and exercised.

Light starts to fill your experience where once darkness and weight held you down. You spread your wings, flex your mind and spirit and continue to climb this steady ascent into becoming.

Discovery is a new wave to ride, a new trail to explore, a new road to travel. There are ups and downs, elation and disappointments, perceived failures and mistakes. But know this—nothing is a mistake. There’s no such thing as a misstep.

Every single footfall, curiosity and attempt is another rung on the ladder, and that ladder is never-ending. This can either become the most overwhelming concept, or the most enlightening, heart-expanding notion you’ll ever accept.

At the end of the day, release can only truly happen once you learn the beauty and miracle of acceptance.

Once you’ve accepted you’re exactly where you’re meant to be and supposed to be—and the miracle of your blossoming, growth and expansion is the ultimate journey—only then can you truly begin to enjoy and become one with the infinite ascent.

 

 

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Ed: Brianna Bemel
Asst. Ed: Jennifer Spesia

About Jillian Locke

Jillian Locke is a writer, explorer and obsessive risk-taker. She's here to shake things up, shake things out, move up and move on. She's a lover of nature - no, she IS nature - and someday, she will actually become one with the mountains...and then the stars. Today, she finds herself striving for balance through adventure, radical change and living her life authentically and to the fullest, maybe for the first time. Follow her at radiantdevotion.wordpress.com and find her on Facebook.

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9 Responses to “We Have No Idea How Much Baggage We’re Carrying Until It Starts to Fall Away.”

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  2. Danielle says:

    Amazing article! This couldnt be more true. Release and acceptance is a beautiful thing. Sometimes I wonder why we make things so difficult for ourselves when it is better that we are trying to become. But then again.., i guess it is the journey of letting go and accepting that makes us better people. Rather cyclical :)

  3. michael says:

    insightful…very cool. Feels like you’ve written it to speak directly to my recent experiences. Many thanks.

  4. Erica Ekrem says:

    Thanks, Gillian, for illuminating the shadows that we often unknowingly carry with us. How beautiful to hold a light up to those said shadows and let them gently fade away…. and, yes, there are absolutely no accidents~ "all in all is all we all are".

  5. Jillian Locke Jillian Locke says:

    Lately I’ve found that the most important work we do is casting light on the shadows and breathing life into whats been buried and feared for so long. When we face these shadows, what we find might surprise and delight us, as well as horrify us and send us screaming to the hills! But we’ll never know what glories may await us if we arent first willing to dig deep…..thank you ALL so much for your kind words of connection!

  6. Wonderfully stimulating!

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