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Stress builds as we tackle life’s many demands. And even when there’s joy in our work there still remains a regular desire for release – to let it all go and be free of burdens and demands.

This is not being lazy or neglectful of our responsibilities. Rather, it’s a natural ebb and flow of life – tension and release.

We work hard and desire comparable moments of letting go.

Sometimes this is expressed as a desire for ecstasy – stepping outside of our everydayness to enjoy a moment of pleasure and delight.

And many other times it’s simply a desire to do nothing – to have a moment of peace without anything being required of us.

In many respects, we work hard to achieve this freedom.

The weekend, vacations, and retirement are all forms of release – letting go of our usual duties and basking in the realities of having nothing on our plates.

However, it seems we must regularly practice release in its many forms.

All too often we push ourselves to keep going beyond what our souls can endure. And eventually the mounting pressure begins to crack our foundation.

Those few extra drinks, mindless and illicit Internet clicks, and our increasingly short temper are all likely pointing to the need for a true and deep release.

To be sure, tension will be release somewhere.

And when we’re not intentional about pursuing meaningful outlets, this pent up frustration will likely blindside us – causing much hurt and harm along the way.

Honoring our need to regularly let it all go allows us to care for our souls and renew our inner vitality. As such, we can keep showing up and doing the work before us.

Take time to enjoy the deep and meaningful releases your soul craves.

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Dr. Corey Carlisle

Licensed marriage and family therapist and certified sex therapist - providing Christian counseling and soul care to individuals and couples, with a special emphasis on developing the masculine soul. Suwanee, GA 30024

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