How to let go and release yourself from the past
Life has a way of bringing the past with it. The harder we attempt to forget our past the more it fights to stay with us. Unfortunately, traumatic experiences happen in all of our lives, whether we lose a loved one to death, experience a divorce, or become a victim of a crime there is always something we wish we could forget. However, there is a way to combat the symptoms and emotions that go along with traumatic events. In this article we will discuss four ways you can learn how to let go of the past releasing your soul from its current bondage.
Accept that it is the end.
Part of moving forward is accepting that the past is over. Life is a series of transitions, and it is up to us to move forward into the future without looking back. If you have recently experienced a divorce, it can be difficult to let go and accept that your marriage is over. However, in order for you to heal your mind, body and soul you must accept the situation for what it is and realize that there is no going back to the way things once were. Acceptance is the first key in releasing yourself from the past and anything traumatic that you may have experienced. This rule also applies to the death of a loved one. Many people are consumed by guilt after their loved one passes away and subconsciously feel that it is disrespectful to go on living as if everything is normal. But in reality, this is likely what your loved one wanted. You cannot stay stuck in the past, you must transition into the future.
Realize you are not your past.
Human beings have a tendency to believe that they are their past and that the past defines the future, but this simply is not true. If you have experienced a traumatic event, whether it be a divorce or the loss of a loved one, you can move past it successfully. It is important to understand that you are not what has happened to you. In fact, you can be as strong and as resilient as you choose to be. Once you can accept that what happened in the past doesn’t have to affect the future you can move past it and build a new life.
Learn to be grateful.
Just because something bad happened doesn’t mean you need to focus all of your energy thinking about it. The cure to depression and overcoming the past is learning to be grateful for the present. Gratitude is the core value that all other values stem from, for without gratitude you cannot be happy. If you have lost a loved one or have experienced a divorce, be grateful for the time you had with that person and cherish the memories, but do not let them consume you. Appreciate what you have now and open your eyes to what might be waiting in the future through gratuity.
Embrace the future.
Embracing the future is the final step in letting go. Once you truly realize that the past is gone, accept that as a fact, and are grateful for what you have had you can then embrace the future. Say yes to more activities and broaden your horizons. This will allow you to live in the present and embrace what the future holds.
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