In order to continue to move forward to a place of joy in your life. One of the most difficult but important steps is to move past your past. We have all been through on variety of things in our lives and in fact it is our experiences that have made us who we are today. Unfortunately, because misery loves company, we tend to hold onto the negative things that have happened to us in our lives. We show them proudly like a badge of courage. But, what truly happens is that we are holding that negative feeling deep within us and so we continue to send out negative thoughts which come back to us over & over again. Many people will say, now my life is "good" and that's a wonderful thing but usually when you talk to them about their life. They will say my life is "good" except for "xyz". It's in holding on to the past that you'll never get over the "xyz".
I realize that some things in our lives are hard to get over and I'm not trying to diminish anything that you've had to overcome in your life. I am instead trying to bring you past your past and onto a more joyful/positive life. The way to move through this difficult topic is to acknowledge the feelings and release them. The second part of this is to forgive, forgive yourself first and second forgive anyone who did you harm.
A great example of this to me is Dr. Wayne Dyer, who I'm sure many of you know. He was abandoned by his father when he was young. This caused a great deal of anger, finally when he was in his 30's he decided he needed to find out about his Dad. He found that his Dad had been married 4 more times & abused every women he was with. He found out that he had been in and out of prison, he was an alcoholic and died with nothing. He went to his grave and forgave him. He says because of this act of forgiveness he was able to open himself up to joy and in fact his first book was written in only 14 days after this epiphany.
Forgiveness is the key to letting go of the past, move forward to a more joyful place in your life. Release the pain & the hurt, forgive yourself & others and move into all the joy that can now fill your life.
Celebrate who you are and know that no matter what happens you'll make it through....just look at all you've made it through already!! Keep moving forward and continue with me on this journey to a more joyful/positive life.
Quote of the day:
"Live in the moment, because the pauses between the breaths are what lead you to your next adventure. Every moment has meaning."