You may already know that dwelling on the past can pull you down.
And, keeping the past alive makes it very difficult to be open and receptive to new and wonderful opportunities that are right in front of you – in the present.
At the same time, it’s easy to get caught up in the past, making it hard to move forward. For example, you may still be hanging onto the pain of a broken relationship, scars of an unhappy childhood, or getting laid off from a job you loved.
These events can cause pain, but again, it’s important to remember: They all happened in the past.
Did you know that meditation can help you move forward and stop dwelling on the past? It’s true! Read on to learn more about a meditation technique to help you let go of the past.
Meditation Helps You Let Go of the Past and Move Forward
And, while there are many types of meditation, there is one particular meditation technique that can help you discard old emotional and mental baggage. And, if you can do that, you can truly live in the present moment.
Want to give it a try?
A Meditation Technique to Get Over Emotional Baggage
Try this step-by-step meditation technique to help you feel peace and stop feeling so trapped in your past.
1. Make a note of things that have happened in the past that are still bothering you
This means grabbing out your journal to write down your thoughts. You can even simply write on a notepad. Just make sure you give this some thought and write down things that cause you significant feelings of grief, anger, sadness or pain.
2. Find a Comfortable Spot and Lie Down
Breathe deeply, relaxing your entire body. You can even try some relaxing breathing exercises, also called pranayama, such as three-part breath or alternate nostril breathing. Just make sure you feel calm and comfortable.
3. Recall the experiences you journaled about
This is the time to let go of the anger, feelings of vengeance, and pangs of grief or pain. Imagine the negative emotion as an old beaten up and battered suitcase that is being dragged around on a daily basis. Imagine letting go of that battered suitcase, and with it, the hurtful emotion. Visualize how much lighter and happier you’ll feel now that the emotional baggage has been abandoned.
Picture all your painful emotions as suitcases that are broken, battered, missing handles, and strapped up with tape.
4. Breathe deeply for a few minutes. Relax all the muscles in your body.
Notice if you feel more free and unencumbered. Envision your future in front of you with those suitcases left behind. See your future filled with healthy habits, opportunity and promise.
How Will this Meditation Technique Help?
Many regard meditation as an effective method for promoting mental health. Meditation also helps you monitor emotional patterns, and with that, you can work towards transforming negative emotions into positive experiences.
This particular visualization can help you:
- Overcome psychological stress
- Conquer constant brooding about the past
- Extract negative and counterproductive thoughts from your mind
- Focus on the present with hope and enthusiasm
Are You Ready to Give Meditation a Try?
Meditation as a whole is a great way to calm the mind and body during times of stress. And this, in turn, can help you sleep better, become more self-aware and be more patient.
One final pro tip: Meditation is a great tool for adults, teens and children. And, if you’re looking for easy ways to teach kids how to meditate, check out this fantastic guide.
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