“I’ve already worked through that.”
“I don’t want to live in the past.”
“I’ve left that behind me.”
Yes, the past is no place to live life from, neither is the future. And yet, your automated responses to present events are based on past experiences, supporting a future that could look like an unhealthy series of old habits and patterns.
As much as you might like to analyze your way out of self-deprivating triggers and behaviors, energizing the parts of your brain designed for discrete problem solving and survival will not help. This could be why working with your past may have felt fruitless, in the past. You’ve been there, done that, and came back with nothing but a bucket of stuck thoughts and challenging emotions.
Time for a new approach. The parts of your brain capable of engaging compassion and creative possibilities are accessed in a different way. Thinking harder won’t get you there. You can awaken your skills for more wholistic processing through your emotions. Allowing your feelings to flow with a current challenge will help point to when you first created a limiting thought or belief that is still running in your subconscious today. This gives you the opportunity to release those old feelings, and gain new insights from a broader perspective.
So while it’s not helpful to live in the past, or future, if you don’t introspectively explore and release the emotional energy tied to your past experiences, you won’t have the freedom nor energy available to create a different future. If you don’t periodically pause to untie your automated reactions and patterns from your past experiences, you will likely continue with the same trajectory into the future.
Experience how you can begin freeing yourself to create the future you desire, come to the next Intentional Journey Meditation.
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