What Would You Like to Let Go of?

The question that launched me on a journey to less

Ena Dahl
Akasa Essensuals
Published in
3 min readOct 28, 2019


The question came to me exactly a year ago, written on the front of a flyer left behind in my gym locker room. I immediately gravitated towards it and picked it up. Staring at those words, I felt as if the universe was trying to tell me something important. I slid the flyer in my pocket, unaware of the significance this small event would have.

At the time, it was also exactly one year after I’d moved back into what used to be mine and my ex-husband’s shared flat. We’d had a messy end to an even messier relationship, and it was crucial for me to make my space my own. Over that year, I’d rearranged and organized multiple times, but it never felt finished, and still, tokens from my past were lurking in every corner. I knew I had more work to do.

The new moon was just around the corner and I decided to make the question my mantra for the next few days and proceeded to send it to a handful of friends to hear what they would like to let go of.

What did I want to let go of?

Many things came up, from piles of unused clothes, books, records, rogue kitchen equipment, and half the things in my basement, as well as a couple of unhealthy relationships and habits. I was ready to start another round of decluttering.

Then, I got a response back from a close friend:

—I think it’s an obvious answer for you—your guilt!

—Wait, what?

The audacity—how dare he? Besides, I didn’t have guilt. Or did I?

My friend’s comment unleashed an avalanche, and the dots started connecting. It felt like when you’ve been staring at an optical illusion for ages, when suddenly, in the blink of an eye, you see it so clearly that it’s absurd to you that you didn’t see it earlier. Now, you can’t unsee, no matter how much you squint or change focus.

Our inner worlds are reflected in our outer worlds, and vice versa

The connection between my inner and outer world became tangible to me: It became clear that objects I was clinging to, storage boxes with unknown contents, sentimental…



Ena Dahl
Akasa Essensuals

Multidimensional creatrix & muse seeking to unite sexuality & spirituality, instigate alchemical healing & ignite the wild (wo)man | enadahl.com