“Nothing ever happened in the past that can prevent you from being present now.”
~ Eckhart Tolle
Such a powerful statement.
The mind often gets caught up in the past so much that we are filled with feelings such as regret, anger or shame about what has happened. We may feel stuck, or unable to get over the event.
When this happens it starts to color how we see the world. We start filtering how we interpret the world around us based on those feelings about the past. We identify so much with what has happened to us, that we cannot separate ourselves from the event.
We tell ourselves that its the event that keeps us from being happy. Yet unhappiness comes from our inability to come fully into the present.
Holding on to those thoughts about the past, prevents us from fully appreciating the present moment.
The first step to letting go, is awareness that something needs to be let go of and released. Sometimes we may not even realize exactly what it is, but we sense that we are holding on to something.
The second step is to bring our attention gently into the present moment by focusing on our breath and becoming an observer. To help you become present, please follow this link.
When we find a state of presence and inner balance, we can let go.