Letting Go of the Past

Past hurt can be like a chain that keeps us from moving forward. One of the principles of yoga is focusing on the moment. Typically, I need to remind myself to focus on today instead of worrying so much about the future, but recently I’ve had a shift where my issue has become dwelling too much on the past instead.

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We all have regrets about the past. Whether there’s a relationship we wish we’d never engaged with or an opportunity we were too afraid to take, it’s so easy to get caught up in the “what ifs.” But all that energy focusing on the past could be better used in the moment.

I think that one reason I get caught up focusing on the past is because I don’t always process negative things well. It’s more my style to ignore the hurting until it grows to a size that can’t be avoided. Instead, I need to let the feelings have their moment and then let them go.

Is there something from your past that’s weighing on you today? If so, let’s have a ten minute pity party right now. Sit in your discomfort. Feel your feelings. Acknowledge your pain.

Now, let it go.

Don’t let pain from the past keep you chained there. Revisiting regrets over and over again gives them too much power. I know it’s easier said than done to leave the past in the past, but it will get easier with practice.

Life, like yoga, has to be balanced – we can’t focus too much on the past or too much on the future. Embrace today!






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