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72: How to Release What Doesn’t Serve You (to Make Room for What Does)

Holding on to what doesn’t serve us: we’re all guilty of it. Whether it’s an unhealthy relationship, a grievance, or shame, it’s time to let it go. This week’s episode of Breathe In, Breathe Out is an opportunity to release what no longer serves you so you can make room for what does.

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Think meditation is hard? Do me a favor, take a slow deep breath in and now breathe out. Congratulations, you just meditated. Hi, I’m Krystal Jakosky, and this is Breathe In, Breathe Out: a Weekly Mindfulness and Meditation podcast for anyone ready to own their own shit and find a little peace while doing it.

Welcome back to Breathe In, Breathe Out. I’m Krystal Jakosky and this is just a fun little topic that I have on my mind today. It’s kind of just, you know, it’s a little bit of story time, a little bit of less than time, a little bit of huh? Introspection and shift change. So there once was this old man and he had been collecting rocks his entire life, his family watched as the time went on and this collection just grew and grew and grew. Eventually, the collection took up every spot in that house and he began placing the stones outside while still keeping them close. They were, they were, you know, they were still a part of him, but he couldn’t have them inside. There was just no more space. Eventually, the man was aging and his health was declining a little bit. And the family knew that they needed to do something about this growing collection.

Was there any value in it when dad passes? What do we do with it? Where do we go from here? So they checked in and they asked dad if they could maybe have someone come in and evaluate a collection, dad was like, yeah, sure, whatever. I don’t care. So they contacted a couple of museums and said, Hey, you know, my dad has this unbelievable hoard of rocks that maybe, maybe there’s some valuable stuff in there. We really don’t know. They’ve just, he’s been collecting rocks his entire life. And so maybe there’s something in there that you guys would like. And um, most, most museums were like, no, we’re not interested. But one geologist heard of this collection and was really excited. Imagine the possibilities of these rare stones that have been collected over a lifetime. So he got his assistant and they went out so they could check out this collection.

They arrive, and they start looking. And after two hours of going through different rooms, different areas, and checking outside, he was perplexed. He was really confused because they had yet to find anything of real value. Every stone was a simple rock that one could pick up on a hiking trail or a sidewalk. There wasn’t anything outstanding. There were no real gems or fossils or anything that would make you go, whoa. So he finally asked the man, where did all of these rocks come from? And why do you have them here? Like what’s going on? And the old man’s response was every time someone has hurt me, upset me, or wronged me in some way, I pick up a rock and bring it home. I want you to think about this for a minute. This entire collection of stones was an individual reminder of the pain that had happened in the past.

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