I wish that I had discovered this simple exercise earlier in life.  It really would have come in very handy!  But, as the old saying goes, better late than never. What is releasing with gratitude and love?  It is the conscious effort to learn and grow from the most painful periods and circumstances in our lives.  I find that the written word is key.  When it is time to let a period or circumstances go, write it a thank you note.  When you receive a gift, it is customary to do so, and life lessons learned are no exception.  It is such a wonderful way to let yourself find something good in an otherwise bad situation.  It is truly amazing when you allow yourself the permission to say thank you!  I keep all of the thank you notes that I have written safely tucked away and sometimes the urge to read them hits and I am reminded of how far I have come.  Plus, I always treat myself to an ice cream whenever I write one or reread one!  Lots of Love!