Letting Go of the Heavy Burden in Your Mind

how to let goAfter having spent an amazing summer back home in Montreal, I’m writing this from my new home in Morrogacho (Manizales), Colombia. If you’ve been following my blog, you know that this is not the first time I pack a suitcase and head off to South America for a few months.

This time, the day I left, something happened that got me to ponder. My dear friend, Nikki drove me to the airport. As I placed my suitcase in the car, she noticed something which I hadn’t paid much attention to. She said, “Your suitcase is half empty!”

It’s now over 3 years since I took a drastic life changing decision to sell it all, quit my job, and start my on line business and travel across South America. Looking back, the first time I packed my suitcase, I had packed every piece of clothing I felt I needed to have with me. Moving from one country to the next with all the extra weight was nothing but a burden! Another thing is that in the months I lived in South America, there were clothes I carried around which I never even wore ONCE!

Having had a lot of practice, without giving it any thought, I gave clothes away to those who really needed it. Let me tell you, leaving behind more than half the weight in stuff was so much easier to move around. You don’t waste any time with thoughts about what to wear or what not to wear. The truth is that it doesn’t really matter all that much. It doesn’t require the amount of energy we put into it. When you have less, your mind doesn’t have fuel for thoughts that are unnecessary and pointless. You suddenly find yourself feeling lighter, and paying attention to the qualities of every changing moment of your life. We openly accept all that happens regardless of the content. With this acceptance, we gain insight to help us better understand and liberate ourselves from limiting thoughts of who we truly are.

All this made me wonder,

“How much more can I leave behind and let go?”

There is so much we carry around in our daily lives that we simply don’t need. Blinding us from who we truly are.

Not only in material possessions and accumulating stuff but most of our baggage is filled with negative, heavy weight coming from our thoughts!

The burdens of regrets and guilt that come from thoughts about what we should have or should not have done in the past.

All this heaviness, keeps us stuck and experiencing more of the same. I mean, how are we supposed to move forward, take actions or decisions that will improve our lives, with all that weight we’re carrying around?

I say, we let it go!

Leave behind all the thoughts that are keeping us stuck and are just not working for us.

Replace them with Loving thoughts and actions!

Loving thoughts and actions that come in the form of gratitude and generosity.

My friend Nikki posted the following note about her eight year old daughter on her facebook.

This summer Kiara made money selling rainbow loom bracelets and animal figures. She wanted to do something nice with that money but wasn’t sure what do to. After we threw around some ideas we finally decided to feed the homeless. Having changed our diet to a healthier one recently she wanted to feed them something healthy. So with the help of our friends at 7grains we were able to prepare 30 lunch bags with an organic meat pie, organic apple, organic pear and also a sugar free oatmeal chocolate chip cookie from TLC treats. And today with the help of her friend Alicia we packed the lunch bags and headed into the streets. What a beautiful experience! Very proud of my little girl!! Xxx

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I asked Nikki, “What made Kiara decide to take this beautiful, loving, generous action?” She replied, “She realized that she already had everything she needs. She was grateful for her grandparents, cousins, aunt and uncle that are always there when she needs something. She didn’t need to buy anything for herself with the money she made. She wanted to do something for people who didn’t have the same things.”

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So, this made me think. If we are grateful for all we have and who we are right now, we can let go of all the extra baggage we carry around in our minds. We would eliminate the need to accumulate, complain, compare, blame, victimize, etc. Without that extra weight, we become generous with forgiveness towards others and ourselves and with kindness towards others and ourselves. Our thoughts and actions will come from a place of love.

In the comments, share what you are willing to let go. What extra weight have you been carrying around which you can you leave behind?

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10 Responses to Letting Go of the Heavy Burden in Your Mind

  1. Hi Antonia,
    i would like to know if you will be doing any other workshops ? I would like to know about them as i’m interested in attending.
    Thank you,

    • Antonia says:

      Hi Sabina,

      Thank you for stopping by and your interest:) I’m presently in Colombia, will be back in Montreal in March. Yes, I will definitely be giving workshops in Montreal. Looking forward to seeing you there:)

  2. Chas says:

    What a wonderful story, Antonia.”[W]ith reference to our trip up the river of life…. How many people, on that voyage, load up the boat till it is ever in danger of swamping with a store of foolish things which they think essential to the pleasure and comfort of the trip, but which are really only useless lumber….
    It is lumber, man—all lumber! Throw it overboard. It makes the boat so heavy to pull, you nearly faint at the oars. It makes it so cumbersome and dangerous to manage, you never know a moment’s freedom from anxiety and care, never gain a moment’s rest for dreamy laziness—no time to watch the windy shadows skimming lightly o’er the shallows, or the glittering sunbeams flitting in and out among the ripples, or the great trees by the margin looking down at their own image, or the woods all green and golden, or the lilies white and yellow, or the sombre-waving rushes, or the sedges, or the orchis, or the blue forget-me-nots.
    Throw the lumber over, man! Let your boat of life be light, packed with only what you need—a homely home and simple pleasures, one or two friends, worth the name, someone to love and someone to love you, a cat, a dog, and a pipe or two, enough to eat and enough to wear, and a little more than enough to drink; for thirst is a dangerous thing.
    You will find the boat easier to pull then, and it will not be so liable to upset, and it will not matter so much if it does upset; good, plain merchandise will stand water. You will have time to think as well as to work. Time to drink in life’s sunshine—time to listen to the Æolian music that the wind of God draws from the human heart-strings around us…” ~Jerome K. Jerome, Three Men in a Boat (To Say Nothing of the Dog), 1889

    • Antonia says:

      Hi Chas,

      Thank you for sharing this vivid story! It truly illustrates how we miss out on the beauty that surrounds in our daily lives when we carry a heavy load. All our efforts are put into that heavy load, creating our own misery.

  3. Pamina says:

    Lovely story Antonia! Children are so often a great example of traveling light and knowing the meaning of ENOUGH.

    I find that when we travel “heavy” it is always an indicator of our internal belief system – that we don’t have enough, that the world is not a safe place and therefore we need to collect and carry a whole bunch of baggage.

    How simple life becomes when we find the courage and confidence to let the excess go!

    • Antonia says:

      Hi Pamina,

      I agree, children can teach us many life lessons! Yes, so true, when I first started travelling, I felt that I needed that extra security just in case…Like you said, it’s so much more simple when you let go of all the extra excess that we really don’t need. Thank you for sharing your thoughts!

  4. Zina says:

    Thank you for this reminder!

    We do get so caught up in our running around, we never slow down to appreciate what we have. We think we need more. That a little 8 year old was able to give her savings away to those who truly needed it more, is very inspiring! If we could all do this, with a small action every day, the world would be a much better place.

    • Antonia says:

      Hi Zina,

      Thank you so much for stopping by and sharing your thoughts! It does take small actions to make a difference both in our lives and the lives of others!

  5. victoria says:

    Hi Antonia,

    Ever since I assisted your workshop, I’ve been practicing letting go of some my thoughts and beliefs. It wasn’t easy, I never realized how much thought I put into situations. Most of them were because I paid too much attention on what others thought about me. I don’t know if you remember me but, thank you for listening and caring! I feel so much lighter now. So, I will definitely continue to leave more of my comparison baggage behind! Hope to see you at another of your events.

    • Antonia says:

      Hi Victoria,

      I’m so happy to hear the workshop has helped you:) It’s a pleasure to hear about your experience. It’s not easy, we’ve been programmed to let our thoughts control our decisions and actions. But, it does get easier as we keep practicing and learn to quiet our minds. Yes, there will definitely be other events, hope to see you again too:)