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A New Perspective: Ditch the past, live in the present

Columnist Cathy Zeeb

“For peace of mind, resign as general manager of the universe.” ” Emmett Fox

We don’t need to hold onto every experience we’ve ever had as though it is who we are. We hold onto thoughts, looks, ideas and the past all the time. How much do you carry? Is what you carry really that important? We cannot live in the present moment when we remain connected to the old story. We believe that our experiences or the things someone did to us or said to us define who we are today.

What does it mean to let things go? How do we let go of a thought or of a situation from our past? How do we let go of anything? When we are told to let go of something we begin to wonder who we will be if we truly let go of this thing we think defines us or that we think is so important. We get so caught up in our story about a situation that we forget that the story is not our truth. The story is what we can learn to let go of. When we hold onto our story, the experience of the story remains in our mind and the energy of the story remains in our body.

What if you made a choice today to let go of one story, one experience, one look that someone gave you, one comment someone made or one situation you were involved with? When you choose to truly let go of something, deciding it doesn’t benefit you in this moment, you release the energy of it from your body. You will energetically lighten your being ” both your body and your mind. Don’t we have enough stuff in life to work through and live through than to carry useless stress, thoughts, or stories?

Ask yourself how important something is. Make a choice right now about what’s important to you. What’s important in your life and what’s important right at this moment? If everything in your body relaxes as you decide that something does not benefit your life at this moment, then you are listening to the answers held in the body. Take a breath and choose to let it go ” it doesn’t benefit you. If you feel like you get an answer of yes, that this feeling or thought does benefit you, decide what you want to do with it. Whatever you do, do it without judgment. Do it, live it, without beating yourself up.

Take a moment and imagine how you will feel the more you learn to let go of things that do not benefit you. What an amazing thought! Who will you be? You’ll be lighter and more free. It truly is this simple. The only thing that gets in our way of choosing to let go, or actually doing it, is our ego. There is no one other than you, making the choices in your life.

Letting go is work. Learning to let go as you move through the moments of your life is a practice. The results as we learn to let go, slowly, piece by piece over time, is worth the practice. We’re so full of our “stuff” in life; we need to make room for new and exciting ideas and thoughts. We create each moment, so make each moment count and let go of all that takes up space in your soul.

Catherine Zeeb holds a Doctorate of Philosophy in Metaphysics. She has a private therapy practice in Edwards and teaches Metaphysics at Colorado Mountain College in Edwards. You can visit her Web site at http://www.healing-spirits.net.

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