I can think of a time in my life when my primary focus was on past mistakes, missed opportunities, and the wrong doing of others. It was a dead end focus that kept me anchored in the past, silently suffering in the present, and not truly moving forward.
Through an ongoing process of forgiveness, I learned to release the past, resentment, and anger that I felt toward myself and others. Instead of looking back on challenging or painful situations with resentment and regret, I began to look back and ask what I learned about myself (first and foremost) and others and how the ‘lessons learned’ could help me grow. This was an ongoing process that helped me get unstuck and move forward. It was a process that required me to use my personal power – choice + action – to make real changes in my life.
The first step to release the past is to decide to release the past. There is great power in deciding to let it go. There is even more power in writing your decision down.
Once you have affirmed your decision to release the past in writing, sit with your decision in silence and allow your wise self that awaits you in silence to guide your steps forward. You have the power to release the past so that you can begin to truly moving forward.
Questions for reflection:
- What in my past is keeping me from enjoying the present?
- What in my past is keeping me from proactively creating my future?
- What steps can I take to release the past so that I can truly move forward?
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