How about those feelings of the past not leaving us alone? We try and try to leave the past behind, focus on today, and move forward. But the instant we close our eyes, or drop our guard, there’s the past creeping in again, occupying our thoughts, taking up our energy.
In my experience, a big part of this in my life was plain old-fashion habit. Dwelling in and churning the past over and over often comes disguised as the past chasing us. But does it? Or is the less healthy part of ourselves still seeking it out of habit and familiarity? Has our unhealthy self found a side door to remain sick, hurt, remorseful, regretting, resenting?
For me, this has been a big factor. But one I have been learning more and more to overcome. How? New habits.
And how do we develop new habits? Same way as we did the old ones; do once, then repeat… and repeat…and repeat…. and repeat….etc. Yes, good old fashion practice. Good old fashion persistence.
I find I don’t feel in the grip of the past when I take my mind of its persistent insistence to be forefront in my mind and focus on what is important today. And if I slip, I simply dust myself off, and do it again… and again… and again…. and again. Today, new habits are forming. It is easier than it was months ago. The burden is lifting. The weights are falling off. Life is so much better.