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  • Writer's pictureAndi Johnson

How to Let Go to Step into the Flow: Embracing Inner Peace

Have you ever noticed how the moment you stop caring about something, that thing or event seems to fall into place? It's almost as if the universe aligns with your newfound sense of inner peace.


white three petal flower with dew drops in focus

I've often marveled at this paradoxical truth: when we release the tight grip of control, when we surrender to the flow of life, our problems begin to dissolve like morning mist under the warm rays of the sun. It's not about giving up, but rather about letting go of the need to control every outcome.


Now, I know very well that the theory sounds great, but the application of the theory can be painful, exhausting, nerve-racking, and frustrating. However, when you release control of the outcome, going through the thing becomes a much more peaceful process.


You may not be able to control the outcome, but your power is in the control of your thoughts and reactions to life's twists and turns. Again, the theory is beautiful, but the application takes commitment and daily practice. This is something that I’ve been working on for most of my 41 years, and I’m so grateful because as I’ve been working on this, the application has been easier, and easier to follow through with.

Inner peace isn't found in the pursuit of external validation or material possessions. It's not a destination to be reached; rather, it's a state of being cultivated through mindfulness and acceptance. The journey begins with a deep breath, a conscious decision to reclaim sovereignty over our thoughts and emotions.

gravel path surrounded by lush green grass and shrubs with a hill in the horizon on a foggy day

How often do we allow external circumstances or the opinions of others to dictate our inner state? It's a common trap we all fall into, but the key to liberation lies in recognizing that we alone hold the power to choose our responses to life's challenges. As a recovering perfectionist and people pleaser, this is something I’ve struggled with nearly my entire life. However, I have found so much peace by putting the things I’ve shared with you into practice.


Sometimes, the path to inner peace requires us to walk away from everything we thought we wanted. It's a courageous act of self-discovery, a shedding of layers that no longer serve our highest good. In the emptiness of letting go, we find space for new beginnings, for everything we never knew we needed.


Man and woman sitting on a bench with yellow lab between them overlooking downtown Portland, Oregon

I always thought I wanted the fancy car, with the big house, a husband, and two kids… But as I’ve spent time traveling - mostly solo - and in nature, it has changed my perspective on life and what a fulfilling, peaceful life means. For me, it means a safe, quiet haven, the ability to go and do as I want, and the ability to rest when I need to. I no longer desire to gain objects that ultimately control my day-to-day rather, I desire a life that cultivates a sustainable life of peace. By recognizing and creating space for a sustainable life of peace, I've come to see how all the lives I thought I wanted to live - wife, mother, boss, billionaire, etc. - would cultivate a life of stress, for me.


 

Nature has a way of grounding us, of reminding us of what truly matters and is needed to have a fulfilling life. Whether it's a stroll through a forest or the awe-inspiring vista of a mountain peak, nature catalyzes that inner transformation that brings about peace.


So, Roamers, I invite you to embrace the journey of self-discovery, to release the burden of expectation and control, and to find solace in the simple moments of life. Remember, true freedom lies in the power to choose our thoughts, to let go of what no longer serves us, and to embrace the beauty of the unknown.


Here's to releasing the need for perfection and embracing the beautiful messiness of life. Let's find serenity in the present moment and gratitude in the simple joys that surround us.


Andi standing at Signal Mountain campground overlooking Jackson Lake with the Grand Teton mountain range in the distance at sunset in Grand Teton National Park.


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