There always comes a time of elimination. The earth sheds each year. The trees and flowers let go of their identity. As the old identity dies, a new identity is born.
Our bodies also shed constantly. Some of it happens invisibly, so naturally and silently that we do not realise that it’s happening. The heart and spirit also shed. They shed the emotions and experiences that we no longer need or that no longer serve us. They shed the things that stunt our growth and hold us back.
This, too, is an invisible process. Yet – because of the emotional energy involved, we often feel the emotional and spiritual shedding – it feels as if we are dying. We are. Just like the flowers and the trees, we are dying to an old identity. This shedding, or death is not the end of us. It is the beginning.
Excerpt from ‘Yesterday, I Cried’ by Iyanla Vanzant.