We often spend our time worrying about what’s to come in the future, worrying about what might or might not happen. At other times we dwell in the past, reliving what we perceive to be the ‘good old days’, or wondering ‘what might have been’. Living in the past can be detrimental to us, keeping us trapped.
The same holds true for fixating and worrying about the future. Planning is fine, but perpetually worrying about something that may or may not eventuate or take place inhibits you from focusing on the present moment. We miss out on the joys of today.
If part of our attention is spent dwelling on the past and/or worrying about the future, we have less time and energy to spend living and being in the here and now … missing out on ‘today’, the present.
This can distract us from our soul’s mission and may cause preoccupation, a lack of focus, depression and even illness in its’ extremes.
There are many reasons why our minds, thoughts and focus tend to wonder away from the present moment. Such things can include intense grief, mourning a loss, harbouring resentment and/or anger, and not forgiving others and/or yourself. These emotions attack and bind us to the cause of our distress, dis-abling us to freely move on in our lives. They keep us karmically entangled, preventing us to experience joy in the present moment.
Anger and resentment drains us of our energy and depletes us spiritually as part of us is focused on unresolved issues and hurts.
When we drag old baggage around with us it weighs us down and holds us back in every way.
When we forgive we free up our energy, allowing us to pursue more positive, constructive endeavours. A part of the forgiveness process is to realize that sometimes people who we perceive to have ‘wronged’ us in some way have done so unknowingly. Maybe they are so engrossed in their own pain and burdens that they themselves are crying out in pain. Perhaps the perceived ‘wrong’ was the Universe’s way of attracting your attention in order to teach a lesson.
Regardless of the perceived ‘wrong’ done to us, we are not free until we resolve and dissolve the anger and resentment – and forgive.
Sometimes the most important person to forgive is yourself. Whatever ‘wrongs’ you believe you’ve committed, you are able to turn them around and view them as learning experiences. This enables you to move past the self-imposed restrictions and get on with a happy life – today.