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You genuinely want to let go of the hurts of the past, to put them behind you, and make a more awesome future.
The problem is the past keeps calling you.
You’ve bumped up against one of the hardest lessons in life. Letting go.
What happened yesterday is of no consequence. Your memory is crippling your future and it’s stopping you from leaving the past behind so you can make room for the present.
Whether it’s loss, anger, guilt, or negative memories, letting go isn’t easy.
That doesn’t mean you can’t do it. It just means you’re not engineering your life enough to shake things up.
If you take the right approach you’ll find letting go is easier than you imagined…
You can’t just let life happen to you.
Every moment we’re relentlessly bombarded by those wanting us to do something. Buy the latest gadget, read the next best, greatest article. And we’re even promised that if we get that new app it will make our life better, easier, happier.
Except it won’t. Because it can’t. That’s in your hands.
Your job is to steadfastly refuse to be persuaded into doing any of the above.
Don’t react every time you see something fun or interesting; you’re letting your environment dictate your choices and that’s a warning sign that you’re not in charge.
Take charge of your mind, your actions, and your feelings. Tell yourself who you are, what you want and only do the things that will get you there.
And whatever you do, don’t react every time a memory of the past pops into your head. No matter how many times you re-visit it, analyze it, regret it…it’s over…it has no place in your life today.
(For more ways to move beyond a painful past click here)
2.What am I grateful for?
Seek things that you’re grateful for.
By seeking gratitude you’re activating the region in your brain that produces dopamine and boosts serotonin; the feel good hormone. Feeling good about life right now gives you little reason to keep revisiting past hurts.
Gratitude is much more than a platitude, it affects your brain in a positive way, which in turn reminds you how awesome life really is.
I know that sometimes life deals you a crummy hand and it feels like there’s not much to be grateful for, but that’s when it’s easy for the ‘monkey mind’ to jump in and take you back to what was.
If that happens, it’s good to remember that life is ticking away minute by minute, and you don’t want to waste it dwelling on yesterday. Better to cherish every precious moment.
(To learn about using evening rituals for happiness and finding gratitude, click here)
If you better understood the nature of life within you and knew that your emotions and life energy were meant to be given instructions by you, would you let unpleasantness happen? Unlikely. Right?
But nothing is taking instructions from you…you’re at the mercy of your thoughts and feelings as though they don’t belong to you.
Your mind is here to serve the life within you, but right now it’s enslaved to all the impressions you’ve gathered over the years.
You’ve identified yourself as being them. Instead of recognizing that whilst an accumulation of impressions might be yours, they can never be YOU.
And yet here you are, living life through these accumulations. Through what you have gathered, not through who you are.
No wonder letting go of the past is hard.
Each experience, each idea you’ve gathered over the years has been recorded in your subconscious mind. Whether they were true, or real, nor not.
It’s been impressed upon it, without thought or concern as to whether it’s helpful or hurtful.
The big problem with that is your life then becomes an expression of these ideas. You live your life as though they were true. And end up experiencing events and circumstances you would never choose if you were in control of your mind.
Letting go of what was and creating situations the way you want them, means you have to have some mastery over your mind.
It might seem overly simplistic, and sometimes it’s the hardest part of the journey, but it’s absolutely vital that you change the ‘I’m-Pressions’ that you’ve lived by for so long.
This sounds odd and it is; so what does it mean?
It’s those words that follow the thought ‘I AM.’
I am…this…or I am that…are the ‘I’m-Pressions’ you’ve accumulated that are creating your life as it is today. These form the concepts you have of yourself. And every action you take stems from how you see yourself.
Now you know about this, it’s up to you to decide whether this is acceptable. And just in case it isn’t…
5.Keeping it simple
You can easily being to turn those ‘I”m-Pressions’ on their head by using positive language to describe yourself.
“I Am…happy. I Am loving life. I Am confident. I Am successful. I Am strong. I Am learning. I Am growing.
Whatever you’d like your new impressions to be.
It might not always feel comfortable. It might not even ring true right now. It matters not. You’re simply impressing new concepts and they’ll be recorded, true or not. It’s absolutely worth it. You’re worth it.
You’re letting go of old self-concepts, and letting in new awareness. Out goes the past, in comes a more awesome future.
And as always it’s in your hands. Or maybe I should say in the mastery you have over your mind!
Encourage one another.