Making Peace With the Past to Really Live in the Present!
“Resolve Past Issues and Release Your Brain Power” is one of the principles of my manifesto. It’s the only way I’ve been able to enjoy the happiness and peace that I now live on a daily basis.
By having the courage to face my past and find forgiveness for myself and those who I believed “wronged me,” I was able to truly enjoy the presence of my family at my 60th Birthday party where we celebrated the pre-launch of my book, Jungle: A Journey to Peace, Purpose, and Freedom.
It was a special treat to have my mom be by my side during this celebration. She truly supports everything I do. My sister, Deb, and Cousin Ric was there as well.
Facing the past allows us to have so much more energy to do great things right here, right now. We’re no longer distracted by unnecessary background noise and we can focus on what truly makes us happy and alive!
If upon examination, there is something from the past that is unduly influencing your life in this moment, I encourage you to make some space in your day, find a quiet corner, and face the difficulty that nags at you. That is the only way it will cease having power over you and derailing you from living your life and reaching your goals.
The practice of forgiveness is key. In The Four Sacred Gifts: Indigenous Wisdom for Modern Times, Anita L. Sanchez writes, “Forgiveness is a life-affirming, conscious act of power, not weakness, because the forgiver holds and uses this power to free and heal all those involved, both victim and perpetrator, so both can become whole human beings again.”
A person who is imprisoned by lack of forgiveness is only punishing themselves––as I once was, by forcing myself to work unbelievably long hours and create a lot of undue pressure on myself.
Engaging in the practice of forgiveness and compassion puts us back into the driver’s seat of our life. We move from reaction out of fear and anger to heart-centered responsiveness. Perhaps most importantly, making peace with the past allows us to understand that our situations do not define us!
So I invite you to look at your life and contemplate the following:
- How can you free yourself from a self-imposed exile through forgiveness?
- Who can you forgive for any wrong doing?
- What do you need to forgive yourself for?
Let me know what you discover by responding below.
If you’d like to know more, remember Jungle: A Journey to Peace, Purpose, and Freedom is now available for pre-order at Amazon, and you can download an excerpt on my website. http://bit.ly/jungleexcerpt
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