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Journaling Prompts


Absolution: How adept are you at forgiving yourself for the mistakes/missteps of the past? Do you hold onto anger at yourself, replay stories, images and events? When you are able to let go and forgive yourself, how does it happen? Does your self-reprimand fade away with time, or do you choose to have a different and more gentle experience with your past?


Commuted Sentence: Have you been in a situation – a job, a relationship or some other kind of experience where you couldn’t seem to free yourself no matter how hard you tried? What happened to ‘get you out’ and grant you parole? Can you describe the moment of liberation – frightening or exhilarating…or both? Looking back, do you wish you would have made the choice to get out of a bad situation instead of being released by someone or something else?


Finger Trap: Have you seen or tried the game where your fingers are caught in a cylindrical toy trap and the more you pull, the tighter it feels? Life sometimes presents real-time situations that feel the same. What have you been through that felt (or feels) like the harder you tried, the more you resisted, the more enmeshed you became? Why didn’t you just relax? What kept you pulling and pulling to no avail? If you could go back and do it differently, would you?


As the Year Ends: Most cultures have rituals and rites of passage for endings and beginnings. The New Year (whenever yours may be in your culture) is an obvious time for looking back and looking forward. Some rituals are about releasing the past letting balloons go, or writing a letter that you won’t actually send – and some are about the future – resolutions, ‘one little word’, etc. In our world, we also scrap about it! What would you like to let go of now – before you decide on your one little word for 2013, is there a word that describes letting go and releasing something that no longer serves you?


Unfettered: If you could be your most authentic and wild self, live with abandon, what would your life look like? Would you keep parts of the life you have now, or jettison it all? Do you fantasize about running away? What day to day things would you choose to live as free and ‘you’ a life as you could?


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It takes a lot of courage to release the familiar and seemingly secure, to embrace the new. But there is no real security in what is no longer meaningful. There is more security in the adventurous and exciting, for in movement there is life, and in change there is power.

Alan Cohen


You leave old habits behind by starting out with the thought, 'I release the need for this in my life'.

Wayne Dyer


Music is like a huge release of tension.

James Taylor


Forgiveness really is so misunderstood, as well as the power it can release in an individual.

Jennifer O'Neill


It was my dream that I had clenched in a fist of discontent and wouldn't release. But time had now pried every finger open. There is peace in an open and upraised hand that isn't grasping for anything.

Laurel Lee


We all have the extraordinary coded within us, waiting to be released.

Jean Houston


Sometimes the joys of our youth do not translate to joys in adulthood and it’s hard to release them.

Laura Moncur


Hatred paralyzes life; love releases it. Hatred confuses life; love harmonizes it. Hatred darkens life; love illuminates it.

Martin Luther King Jr.


Famous Quote on Quotations Book - Effort only fully releases its reward after a person refuses to quit.

Napoleon Hill.


Releasing the pressure, it's good for the teapot and the water. Try it sometime.

Jeb Dickerson


Our concern must be to live while we're alive... to release our inner selves from the spiritual death that comes with living behind a facade designed to conform to external definitions of who and what we are.

Elizabeth Kubler-Ross


No one is moved to act, or resolves to speak a single word, who does not hope by means of this action or word to release anxiety from his spirit. 

Ali ibn-Hazm


Courage is the price that life exacts for granting peace. The soul that knows it not, knows no release from little things; Knows not the livid loneliness of fear.

Amelia Earhart

Take hold lightly; let go lightly. This is one of the great secrets of felicity in love.

Spanish Proverb

Courage is the power to let go of the familiar.

Raymond Lindquist


Sometimes being a friend means mastering the art of timing. There is a time for silence. A time to let go... And a time to prepare to pick up the pieces when it's all over.

Gloria Naylor


Breathe. Let go. And remind yourself that this very moment is the only one you know you have for sure.

Oprah Winfrey


When you have a dream you've got to grab it and never let go.

Carol Burnett


Human pain does not let go of its grip at one point in time. Rather, it works its way out of our consciousness over time. There is a season of sadness. A season of anger. A season of tranquility. A season of hope.    

Robert Veninga


Train yourself to let go of the things you fear to lose.

George Lucas


Success seems to be largely a matter of hanging on after others have let go.     

William Feather


Give up the feeling of responsibility, let go your hold, resign the care of your destiny to higher powers, be genuinely indifferent as to what becomes of it all and you will find not only that you gain a perfect inward relief, but often also, in addition, the particular goods you sincerely thought you were renouncing.

William James


To live fully is to let go and die with each passing moment, and to be reborn in each new one.

Jack Kornfield


To design the future effectively, you must first let go of your past.

Charles J. Givens


Even though you may want to move forward in your life, you may have one foot on the brakes. In order to be free, we must learn how to let go. Release the hurt. Release the fear. Refuse to entertain your old pain. The energy it takes to hang onto the past is holding you back from a new life. What is it you would let go of today?

Mary Manin Morrissey



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