I’m glad I found this to ad to my list, I think we can all relate to this. I’m 26 turning 27 in July and have been struggling in my art career and was considering giving up, but this past year I’ve let go of the past and thankful for it honestly, it’s made me who I am, and I’m ready to embrace the unfamiliar and let go of the past. I recently shot a music video with a Grammy artist, it was a small video but still it’s inspired me to move out west after grad school and embrace the unknown =) 1 month ago
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I always think too much about the past, about the people that hurt me, rather than those here for me, about the way I used to be rather than the way I CAN be. I want to stop hating myself for things I have or have not done, and to start planning and changing myself for the future! 1 month ago
This is a big goal. How to achieve it? I will break it down into smaller parts… 1.Understand 2. Make it more specific 3. Make smaller goals
1. I want to let go of the past because I hurt myself with staying in the past. Then I am not brave to move on. I have already forgiven myself and others which intentionally and unintentionally have hurt me in the past. I also understand that I can not reproduce nice experiences and lucky moments. The past is not real, it is only a memory and therefor a construction of my brain. This means I need to learn to use my brain in a different way. 2. Let go of the past means to stay in the NOW. When I realize that I am thinking again of the past, then I should “switch” my brain and focus on the present moment. 3. I will try to focus on my senses, what do I taste, what do I smell, touch, hear and see? Then I want to try to think about what I could do today to make myself happy. 2 months ago
I have been chanting and practising nichiren Buddhism. I was chanting and chanting and I realised I shifted the fundamental layers somehow and I was no longer so upset when I thought about my friend and I breaking our friendship of eight years. Suddenly all the regret and suffering just went. I can’t even explain it but I no longer cry when I think about her or spiral into a depression, I just send her my love and laughter for what we shared. 3 months ago
How I did it: 2013 was a weird year. In a way it was completely awful, I went through some major dramas and a lot of heartbreak. I had been trying to accept things as they were for over a year and a half, some things even 2 or more years, but I never seemed to manage it. In a way I enjoyed the wallowing. I helped me to keep the memories, but I wasn't really happy.
One day I just woke up and I didn't want to be sad anymore, I didn't want to cry about it anymore, so I dusted off that little box at the bottom of my heart and decided to let it go. Now don't think it was easy. Once I knew I was ready to let go of the anger, the sadness washed all over me. At that point I just let myself be sad for some time, because I found grieving the relationships essential.
After a while the hurt started to fade away. I could listen to certain songs without wallowing in self-pity. I didn't think about the past on a daily-basis and finally I started to feel like me again.
I can't tell you exactly how I did it, but on a beautiful cold night I finally felt like the past didn't own me anymore. I felt that those negative experiences have made me stronger and wiser. I know that I'll have the days, where I'll miss some parts of my past and I know that it might give me a little itch, but I guess some scars never truly go away. And why should they? They make me who I am and I don't mind a little scratch as long as I'm in control of it.