Look Back at Your Past But Don’t Stare

By Sharon Gorman, D.C.

In the quest for self improvement and spiritual growth many of us have been on this path of trying to live with less baggage and more prosperity. We want to be a clear conduit of God’s love and to serve out of our abundance. In order to rid ourselves of some of this baggage we are encouraged to look back at what we did and what happened that might be getting in our way of acting out our best intentions. In my own case I have lost both of my parents in the last few years and I have spent a lot of time looking at my life and seeing why I had made some of the decisions that I had made in the past. All this is good I suppose but for me it is time to focus on the present. I need to forgive my mistakes of the past and other people’s mistakes too. I don’t wish to close the door on my past but it I don’t want to stare either. There is the what ifs and why nots. All in the past. I am not my past. I am me now. I can’t use incidents of my past as excuses to not be who I want to be in the present. I can’t afford to carry around much baggage from the past, I’ve got too much life to toss around in the present to be weighed down. I need to lighten up and stop taking myself and my past so seriously. I need to give myself permission to live this day to the fullest. Some situations in my past certainly didn’t turn out the way I wanted them to. I wouldn’t have been human if it was any way else. That is life. I need to accept my past the way it happened and move on.

I wouldn’t trade my present life for any past life I lead. The past has taken me to this present life and I am thankful for the mistakes and good choices that have brought me to this point. Now in this moment what steps can I take to live in the now. The now is about expressing love in all the circumstance and to all the people in my life. One of the things that I love to do the most is to stand in the present and “dream” of what I would like to happen in my life. I work on creating a clear picture of what I would like to create. This takes discipline for me because my mind has trouble focusing on this. I usually do it in meditation or while I am exercising. I let me mind dream of how good I would like to allow my life to get. It is very positive for me. Sometimes I giggle when I create some of these pictures in my head. My mind is more comfortable focusing on the negative and I need to filter the thoughts that pop into my head. I can choose to see it the way I want to create it. Isn’t that what faith is all about. Being able to see what isn’t yet and being willing to have it be that way if I am willing to work towards the vision. I know I am trying to live God’s will for me yet I am allowed to have a vision and it works great if I hold that vision yet I’m not too rigid to believe that life is only working out if it is working out exactly how I am seeing it. That is no excuse to not dream and visualize. There is a comfort in knowing that I am not alone in my quest. As long as I keep doing the next right thing then I can live feeling good about myself in this moment and know that my life is having a positive influence on my world.

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