Leave your past behind

It’s easy to become prisoners of our past.

Consumed with thoughts, regrets and painful memories.

However it’s difficult to live in the present moment if we are trapped in the past.

In reality though, the past is gone.  All that is left is images or impressions – images that haunt us and affect us in our present.

By practising mindfulness in the present we can see that the events of our past are not happening to us now.  

We can live safely in the present moment – with mindfulness, meditation and deep breathing as our safety nets.


“One day at a time–this is enough. Do not look back and grieve over the past for it is gone; and do not be troubled about the future, for it has not yet come. Live in the present, and make it so beautiful it will be worth remembering.”



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13 responses to “Leave your past behind

  1. MindMindful

    Always a good reminder:)

  2. This is such a special reminder. I try to also keep in mind, although for me it’s not easy…that those images and impressions from the past are remembered selectively and with a spin on them, so not to pay to much attention to them anyways..but I agree, it’s better to just not go there and to rest in the present moment as much as we can.

    • That’s so true – it is easier said than done. Although with persistent effort to increase mindfulness it does become somewhat easier.

      • My Achilles heel is…motherhood…it’s so difficult not to wonder and wander in the past about how things were done, (although 100 % love and good effort were used) what else could have been done etc…I think those kinds of concerns/worries set up a habit pattern in my mind, and the minds of many other mothers I know too… nonproductive, but that mama bear thinking/worry can be powerful and habit forming….ahhh motherhood is sooo wonderful, but confusing too.

      • That is really so true Kathy!
        I had a morning this morning that was not the best. We were running late for school, and tempers were rising (mine and his). I’ve spent the morning since regretting my frustration, and considering how I could have handled things differently. Motherhood – always a great field for practice! 🙂

      • Motherhood can be so…humbling. I taught school for 15 years before having our daughter and thought that I knew so much about mothering…but then found out it’s not as easy as it looked…(btw..my daughter is 25 now ….many amazing years of mothering….and phenomenal amounts of winging it and learning)

  3. So true and an excellent reminder.

  4. So true, small steps in the present are the safest thing to do

  5. So true and simple, so hard to accomplish. 🙂

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