How to Let Go of the Past

Do you ever feel haunted by your past and that it is holding you back from your true potential? Maybe it was being teased in primary school or put through the wringer in a tormented relationship. Whatever it may be, it needs to be released.

The truth is, clinging to the past is like a death grip on our present life. No matter what it is – good or bad – if we don’t learn to let go of old hurt or memories, we can never move forward to create new stories. As Buddha says, “you only lose what you cling to.” But what you open yourself up to is much, much more.

If you have ever gone through a difficult situation that involved another person or even hurt you deeply, you have probably experienced what it is is like to hold a grudge or pent-up negative energy that needs to be released. The only way to release is through letting go of your past, letting go of the situation or person that hurt you.

I know, this can be scary. It’s like walking into the unknown on a tight rope. However, there are always great lessons to be learned not only from walking into the unknown, but also through change and learning to live without regrets. Do you want to hold that negative energy forever… and ever?

When you learn to let go of the past, you let go of what hurts. But you can then transmute your pain into healing and knowledge so that you may continue to grow your life, instead of being stagnant and wallowing in unnecessary shame.

3 Affirmations to Release Your Past

In the morning and at night, take a few minutes to center yourself through deep breathing and meditation. Write down in a short phrase of whatever it is you wish to release afterward. Then, go to a mirror and look into your eyes. Repeat these affirmations:

  1. I live in the present moment. I do not let the past affect who I am today.
  2. I accept myself as I am, right here, right now.
  3. I forgive myself and/or _______ for __________.

As you say these affirmations, imagine the pain from your past pouring out of your body. Repeat as often as you need to until you feel that you are no longer holding onto them.

“Don’t dwell on what went wrong. Instead, focus on what to do next. Spend your energy moving forward together towards an answer.”– Denis Waitley

Jacqueline x

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