Letting Go of the Past

Last week I wrote about “Trusting Your Struggle” which is a part of living and learning from our past.  Today I am suggesting that we take time to clean out the past and let go of it.  We all have disappointments and struggles in life and no one, no matter how successful and perfect you think their life may be, is exempt from struggling with life from time to time.  When we take time to go back and find those mistakes, disappointments, and struggles we begin the process of releasing them and then we begin to heal ourselves.  The healing cannot begin until we forgive ourselves and receive that forgiveness from source.

Some people think we need to “payback” for past mistakes or somehow make up for them.  There really is no such thing because once they are done, you cannot erase it anyway.  Start by forgiving yourself and go into your source, whether it be faith, the breath, or your own higher strength that you refer toward.  Don’t let those regrets and trials of the past destroy your today.  We all make mistakes and say things that we should not have, but it is what follows that counts.  Start by changing your attitude toward those mistakes by seeing them as signposts that have guided you to where you are today.  One executive from a large technology firm in California was interviewed and asked what he would change about the mistakes he had made in the past.  Without hesitation, he said, nothing.  I wouldn’t change anything.  All of those mistakes have led me to where I am today.

It doesn’t mean that we wouldn’t like to have a few do-overs if possible, but since that isn’t likely at this point, let them go.  I like to use a visual meditation where I meet the regret or mistake in my mind while concentrating on the breath.  I see it as an image, person, or something just a color.  I greet it and ask it what it has to teach me.  Then I stop and receive those teachings.  Sometimes that is it for a while, I have to come back to consciousness to receive the teachings.  Other times it all seems to come at once.  Once you have truly and deeply received the teachings, then release it from attaching to you and thank it as it goes on its own way.

You can design your own process for releasing the past or use the many that are widely available today.  If you will take time to do this, you will notice new freedom and energy about yourself that has been missing for some time.  I wish you well with this process.

Yours for a Better Life,

Rich