These 2 words we hear a lot of and many of us know we need to let go of that awful past yet it often creeps in at the best moments of our lives to remind us of misery and pain. We often feel as if we took a step ahead, only to find ourselves two steps back because we cannot or will not let go.
My first realization on what is letting go came when I was jogging in the gardens.
A beautiful feather flew towards me as I was jogging and landed on my palm as I stretched out my hand. Intuitively, I grabbed hold of it and wanted to bring it home as a souvenir. I cannot explain why but somehow seconds later, I naturally opened up my palm to reveal the feather and watched it being taken away by the wind.
I realized from this incident that letting go is easy, you only need to allow it.
Accepting what is
Accepting what is and let go of what was. That awful past often involves pain and heartache and almost always causes tears each time it crosses your mind. You cannot change the past regardless of the number of times you re-live those moments in your mind.
You cannot start the next chapter of your life if you keep re-reading the last one. Accept your current situation and your present moment and be at peace with it. Start a ritual, be it meditation, yoga practice or sound healing. For me, it was the combination of a daily meditation, yoga and sound healing that brought peace.
Oh, and don’t bother about drama activities like burning or flushing a hate-list to “let go”, they only add more memories to that hurtful past!
One of the hardest things I’ve learnt is to be brutally honest with myself. It is easier to trick ourselves and find excuses for our behaviour. You can hide it from the world at large, but you cannot hide it from yourself.
Soul-searching is important so that you can identify the cause of your pain and nobody else can do this except yourself. You don’t need to look for the best spiritual guide out there because the answers are within you, not with anyone else.
Trust in the Universe
Have faith in what will be! If I haven’t had an awful past and learnt those lessons, I wouldn’t have been able to live a life today that is filled with love and gratitude.
When you are going through something that is painful, you do not see the future blessings that it will bring.
Trust in the Universe and flow with it!
To you who is reading this article, for whatever reason that you are holding on to the past so dearly, tell yourself now that it’s time you let go, it’s time you make peace with your past and move forward.