The Necessity of Shedding

In nature shedding occurs to make space for what’s new and healthy. Skin, leaves, petals are shed in a process that supports growth and evolution.

The world is all about change because it is in constant motion. Our bodies are constantly regenerating themselves: we have new stomachs every three months, new lungs every six weeks and an entirely new brain every two months. Seasons give us new weather, new foods, new flora and new scenery. Insects evolve and grow by casting off what is no longer of use to make space for what is essential for flight and survival.

Spiritually, we grow as we learn about who we really are. As we open up to the limitless truth of our potential, we work to shed limiting conditioning and layers of unhelpful and even damaging lessons and learnings that we replace with healthier habits, spaciousness and expansion.

And yet, we often struggle with the concept of discarding, removing or letting go of what is outdated, superfluous, undesirable or unhealthy. We resist shedding in some areas and struggle to cling onto things, people, situations well past the point of their being useful, helpful, healthy or alive.

When we refuse to live with grace, areas of our lives become stagnant. We feel anxious, stuck, uncertain. When we refuse to shed what stunts or prohibits our growth, we are working against nature, rather than with it which is unhealthy and unsatisfying.

If we can turn to nature for guidance in these moments, we can remember that shedding is a normal part of the life cycle. It is necessary for us to remove and regenerate, to cast off and grow anew.

What we are seeking in life exists within us. The light, happy, connected and loving moments we explore and enjoy are created from the light, happy, connected selves we are within.

When we forget this, shedding seems frightening. We hold onto something out of the fear that we can’t replace it. But nature shows us that when we let go of the old and no longer helpful, it is always replaced by the new and the healthy.

Shedding what is no longer doing us good can only help us live better, be healthier and feel more in touch with the truth of who we are within. And it makes room for the fresh and essential that helps us come alive and thrive for another season.

Header image: Tracey Bolton