|by Brian Johnson
“We keep ourselves so tied up in regretting the past and fearing the future that we don’t have any energy left to figure out who we are and what we want to create right now.” ~ Gay Hendricks from Conscious Living
A key aspect of living consciously is to BE PRESENT. We can’t do that if we’re constantly churning through the negative stories of our past. We’ve gotta let it go and become present to the joy of this moment and the thrill of our glorious future.
We’ve talked about the absurdity of going to a REALLY bad movie AGAIN and AGAIN and AGAIN or about trying to drive looking in the rearview mirror. Just doesn’t work.
Let’s reflect on that wisdom again and see if we can’t shake the habit!
First, how about some old school Vernon Howard wisdom from his classic The Power of Your Supermind? He says: “A chief cause of unhappiness is what I call mental movies. Mental movies are a misuse of the imagination. You know how it goes. You have a painful experience with someone, then run it over and over in your mind. You visualize what you said, what he did, how you both felt. As awful as it is, you feel compelled to repeat the film day and night. It is as if you were locked inside a theatre playing a horrible movie.”
Now imagine driving somewhere while staring in your rearview mirror. Not gonna work, eh? Same with our lives. We’ve GOTTA let go of the past and quit replaying the scenes we regret to open up to the possibilities of the moment.
(I’m repeating myself now, huh? It’s deliberate. 🙂
So, how about you: Are you replaying a scene in your head again and again and again? Now a good time to let it go?