Let Go of the Past and be in the Present
|By Cynthia Bergsbaken Photography.|
Everyday I find myself thinking back to something that was not a pleasant experience for me. I find this happens more often when I haven't "healed" the experience.
I heal the experience by looking at my feelings, sorting them out, feeling them and releasing them. By sitting with your emotions, feeling them, observing them with no judgment, you will dissolve them. At times we feel unsafe doing this, but realize God/Holy Spirit is with you. You live your life within God. This will heal the particular experience and the emotions it had attached to it.
The past is the past! The past is dead. Look at it as if it is a dead body. There is no reason to visit it or be with it.
The future also does not hold any life. The future has not happened yet. We do not know what to what will come to us.
There is only life in the present moment. This is where we are able to hear our guidance from God/Holy spirits. God/Holy spirits do not live in the past or the future. He/she lives within us and only able to guide us in the present moment.
When we live in the past or future, we are living an unconscious life. We are dream walkers, walking through life oblivious to what is really going around us and with other people. We are oblivious to our behaviors and how they affect our loved ones, our friends, and strangers. The pain unconscious people cause to themselves and others. Think back to when you were driving your vehicle. Did you see that person change lanes in front of you with blinkers on or were you in another place in your head causing you to slam on your breaks and blame the other person for driving poorly.
Notice when you go into the past in your thoughts. Listening to old rewinds of how someone hurt you or wishing you were living back in the town you grew up in. What do you feel? Regret? Negative feelings? Grief? Depression? Resentments? Or maybe you're not aware of how you feel. All negative emotions come from the root "fear". To me, God/Holy spirit is love. Love encompasses all positive emotions.
Notice when you go into the future. Listening to new stories on how you can't do something in life. Or what would happen if this happened? What do you feel? Anxiety? Nervousness? Fear? In order to obtain authentic loving guidance for some situation, try keeping yourself in the present moment, even during times of stress.
Whenever I notice myself re-thinking situations/experiences or mentally sitting in past moments, I will stop myself by saying in my head, "next", or "This is the past, thank you for sharing it to me. Now I release it." Just let it go. Then I will tell myself, "My intention is to keep my consciousness in the present moment."
Now place your attention on what you are doing. If you're washing the dishes, feel the temperature of the water as you wash. Notice the smell of the suds. Notice the feel of the suds. Notice the feeling of the wash cloth. And so on. Really feel what each item feels like. Pay attention to every movement you make. If a thought comes back to you from the past or the future, let it go and get back to feeling, smelling, hearing, and sensing everything you are around.
If you're walking in a store, pay attention to every step you take. What does it feel like-your toes, your heel, your legs, etc. Be in your body feeling/sensing instead of your head, thinking. This is how you can stay present in the present moment. It takes practice, but it is so worth the effort.
Make it a good habit of catching yourself thinking of the past or the future. Release it and move on to really being in the moment.
When you are able to stay in the present moment, you will notice things you've never noticed before. You'll notice that you stay calmer, happier, and more relaxed. You'll feel more confident. You will be more loving to yourself and to others.
Here's to a more conscious world. A more gentle and loving world. It all starts with YOU. You are the only one that can walk the path of healing yourself. Why not start with learning to be in the present moment.
By Cynthia Bergsbaken of Reiki in the Prairie LLC and The Perceptive Blogger
Written on July 23, 2019
Original was written by Cynthia/Reiki in the Prairie LLC on March 21, 2018.