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Our past is a collection of moments that we have lived through, both good and bad. It shapes who we are today and influences the decisions we make in the present. Some memories we hold dear and wish we could relive, while others we desperately wish to forget. Yet, no matter how much we try to move on, our past has a way of sticking with us, haunting us, and affecting our present.

As you read this, you may be seeking to let go of a piece of your past, a burden that weighs heavy on your heart. It could be a traumatic event, a broken relationship, a painful loss, or a regretful decision. Whatever it is, know that you are not alone. Many of us carry our past with us, and it can be a constant source of pain and struggle.

Letting go of the past is not an easy process. It takes time, patience, and effort. It requires us to face our pain, process our emotions, and work through our struggles. But the benefits of letting go are worth it. It frees us from the weight of our past and allows us to live fully in the present. It gives us a chance to start anew, to create a new narrative for ourselves, and to find inner peace.

Let us start by acknowledging what not to do. Suppressing our painful memories and tucking them away deep into our subconscious is a common tactic, but it only delays the inevitable. These memories may resurface in unexpected ways, causing us to suffer all over again. Ignoring our past is not the answer either. We may choose to keep our memories by the back door, hoping to deal with them later, but this only prolongs our pain. The memories will continue to haunt us until we confront them.

Trying to forget our past through the passage of time is another misguided strategy. The emotional weight of traumatic experiences cannot simply be erased by time. They remain with us, affecting us in ways we may not even realize. Attempting to change our memories is yet another fruitless endeavor. We cannot rewrite our past or deceive ourselves into thinking it was something different.

But how can we let go of our past, you may ask? The answer lies in our emotions. Our memories hold power over us because of the emotional reactions they evoke. Memories are not just images or sounds, but a complex interweaving of sensations and feelings.

We can begin to let go of our past by separating the emotions from the sensory elements of our memories. This allows us to work through our emotions without repressing, ignoring, forgetting, or altering the sensory aspects of our memories. We can acknowledge the pain, sadness, anger, or guilt that we feel without letting it consume us. We can learn to sit with our emotions, observe them, and allow them to pass.

It is important to take charge of our thoughts and not allow them to consume us. We should limit the time we spend dwelling on our painful memories, focusing instead on positive and peaceful thoughts. We can practice mindfulness, meditation, or other relaxation techniques that help us stay present in the moment and cultivate inner peace.

Forgiveness is another essential component of letting go of our past. Holding onto anger, resentment, or bitterness towards ourselves or others only perpetuates our pain. Forgiving ourselves and others for the pain we have caused or experienced can bring a sense of peace and closure. It does not mean that we condone or forget what happened, but rather that we choose to let go of the negative emotions associated with it.

We must also be patient with ourselves and understand that healing is a process that takes time. We may encounter setbacks, triggers, or difficult emotions along the way. But with effort and determination, we can free ourselves from the weight of our past and move forward with a renewed.

“The path to freedom is through the doorway of your fears.”

Michael A. Singer, Untethered Soul: The Journey Beyond Yourself

As we seek to let go of our past, we must confront the fears that hold us back. We may fear the pain of reliving our memories, the uncertainty of what the future holds, or the vulnerability that comes with forgiveness. But by facing these fears head-on, we can unlock the door to our freedom.

It takes courage to confront our fears and work through our emotions, but it is a necessary step in the journey to letting go. As we move forward, let us remember that healing is not a destination but a continuous process. We may stumble along the way, but with patience and perseverance, we can find peace and live a more fulfilling life.

Sending golden vibes and virtual hugs,

Scherise 🤍

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