I had a great conversation with some friends the other day about letting go of past guilt, self identifications that may not be true any longer, and other people's judgements that you may hold like a ton of bricks. The topic of conversation was: I know I'm on the right path now, but man, I've done a lot of stuff in my past that wasn't very "yogic" or even conscious. How do I let go of that guilt?
We may also hold on to identifications and judgments from our past as though as they are true. Maybe you were called names in high school. Maybe you felt like you were bad at something, or didn't measure up in some way. Or made choices that you wouldn't necessarily make as the person you are now...
The Wisdom is in the Awareness
If we keep making those choices and keep identifying with that past, then we may not be able to step out of that karmic cycle, and we are destined to repeat the lessons that come along with it. But having the AWARENESS that everything you have ever done and every choice you've ever made has brought you to this very moment in your life, can bring you the wisdom to define and create your future. You can learn from the past and change the future by what you do in the present.
Honor the You then AND the You now.
When you can appreciate that your past is important only in the sense that it has molded the you today, then you can let go of the weight that it may hold in your life and fully live in the Now, being present in every moment. This opens us up to the abundance of the Universe, instead of holding us to the restrains of the past. Honor your past for creating the present you, and let it go. Be in the Now.
MANA EVA MANUSHYANAM
KARANAM BANDHA MOKSHAYOH
"As the mind, so the Man (or woman).
Bondage or liberation are in your own mind."
If you feel free, you are free, if you feel bound, you are bound.
(Yoga Sutras of Patanjali)
Love who you are right now, for everything you've ever done has brought you to this very moment.
With so much love,