The ‘letting go’ during centering prayer is meant to be continued the rest of your day. What do I mean by this? I mean we should never attach to thoughts and emotions that are not productive. They hinder us from the accomplishment of the tasks that we need to complete each day.
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When I am worried, I let it go. When I am anxious, I let it go. When I am frustrated, I let it go. When I am afraid, I let it go. It is okay to acknowledge these emotions but they will often stop us dead in our tracks. We need to let them go so we can move on.
I realize that there are thoughts and emotions that we need to deal with. They seem to return to us. We attach who we are to them. I do not suggest to ‘let go’ means to repress them. I simply suggest that we let them go so we can move on with our day.
Later in the day we can deal with our thoughts and emotions. For example, if we are worried, anxious, frustrated or afraid, we might need to talk to a friend about our feelings. We can vent. A long walk or workout at the gym can also be helpful. These are all healthy ways to work through our emotions and thoughts. They can aid us in the healing process.
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