The following is taken from an article I wrote for OM Times Magazine. To view the complete article visit their archives by clicking here.
“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from safe harbour. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” Mark Twain
There are very few people who look back on the path they have already traveled without some regrets for the road they chose to take or the actions and decisions they made. Letting go of the past is one of greatest challenges we have in life. That Victim Archetype, which is in all of us, will hold onto anger, hurt and self pity as it is easier to blame others for our lot in life than it is to step up to the plate and take responsibility for our life. Why do we resist change so much? If we continually do the same thing over and over, nothing will ever improve in our lives. To always do the known is to remain in the past. Too bad we often lose the Innocent Child Archetype within us that isn’t afraid to venture out and explore, discover and learn new things. Perhaps that is where our problem lies; our resistance to change is fear based.
It isn’t always easy, as we have to re-program our thinking and often learn to let go of what we have come to believe as “gospel” that has come from others. It all comes back to starting within and listening to what is true to us and reclaiming our connection to Spirit, discovering our purpose and believing that we can do anything.
The challenge for this week is to release regrets. We are the only ones who can do this, no one can do it for us. Here is a positive affirmation to use daily to help us along that path. If need be, repeat it often, no terrible side effects or chance of over dosing on this prescription!
“Every moment I have a choice between holding onto regrets, remorse and grievances or choosing forgiveness, love and light. I therefore choose forgiveness by sending love and light to others and most importantly myself. I remind myself that I too am a creation of the Divine. By loving myself as a creation is to love the Creator.”