According to Eckhart Tolle, people create and maintain problems because they give them a sense of identity.
Is it the fear of losing this identity that makes us hold onto a painful past for too long and prevents us from living in the present moment? Are we so attached to our struggles, because we don’t know how we would be without them?
Letting go of the past can be difficult. Letting go of negative experiences, bad habits, false beliefs, unhealthy relationships and people…
As a result, we allow rumination, worry and fear to take over our mind and shape our actions in the present. But by holding on to the past, you don’t see the beauty of the present moment and you can’t heal and open your heart to joy and happiness.
We all have a past and we are all shaped by it, but we’re not defined by it nor are we bound to it. Only we have the power to define ourselves. Only we can take charge of our lives, our present and our future.
Every day, every moment is a chance to let go, open ourselves up to new experiences and take action to create a meaningful future.
Here are 5 Reasons to let go of the past and embrace the future.
You can’t change the past
We spend too much of our precious time dwelling on the past. “I wish I could just erase that mistake.”, “Why did that happen to me?”, “I wish I’d made my own choices earlier.”, “I wish…” You simply can’t go back and change the past, but you can choose not to suffer now, learn from it and let go and take responsibility for yourself and your future.
You create space for something new
When you release your past struggles, mistakes, setbacks and fears, you make room for something new to emerge. The world is full of amazing and exciting opportunities waiting to be discovered and new experiences will be knocking at your door when you allow yourself to close the old one.
You will be stronger
Letting go of your past struggles, old habits, people who aren’t serving your best interest, and anything else that’s holding you back, isn’t an easy task, because it requires to leave your comfort zone. This is why many people simply choose to maintain the status quo. They keep coming up with excuses as to why they shouldn’t let go of their past YET, rather than embrace transformation and change. But choosing to let go will make you stronger and more secure. It allows you to focus on what you need to do to live in the present moment and become who you really are. Each time a new challenge comes your way, you know how to overcome it allowing you take back charge of your goals and your life.
You will experience a new sense of freedom
Imagine walking through life with a heavy backpack full of rocks. All the painful experiences you’ve endured, mistakes you’ve made, and setback you’ve had to overcome are weighing you down, making you feel stuck, and holding you back from living your life.
Choosing to throw away and release each rock will allow you to experience a newfound sense of freedom that will carry over into every aspect of your life.
You can appreciate yourself
Your past has shaped you into the special and unique individual that you are today. Realizing this is a great first step to appreciating and embracing your own story. Nobody is perfect and we all carry a certain past with us. When you forgive yourself and let go of everything that happened yesterday you create space in your heart for the beautiful things the world has to offer and you can use your energy to work on the goals and dreams that make you happy.
Holding on to the past can hold us back in so many ways, from self-destructing behaviors to anxiety, fear or anger. On the other hand, letting go means letting in happiness, and is the key to your healing, growth and development throughout life.
For your journey
- The Power of Now: A Guide to Spiritual Enlightenment by Eckhart Tolle