When we hold on too tight to the past in our minds, we are effectively still in relationship with it. If we had a job, for example, that took up our entire life and, despite the fact the job has ended, if we still continue with the habits, routines and behaviors we did when we had that job, we are effectively still playing it out in our mind. We still have a mental attachment to our past work self, too. We are still in relationship to that self that had that job.
If we used to have a relationship with someone special and they are still on our minds often, we are still in relationship with them too. Perhaps we still nurture a strong memory of a place or any old identification of our self that lived there, then we are still in relationship with it.
If these attachments aren't allowed to be reviewed and discarded by the very mind that is holding onto them, we cannot free up space enough to welcome in any new opportunities, relationships or places.
Gratitude for all of our experiences is a great first step to take to free up the old attachments and open ourselves to what is next in our lives. After gratitude, have a sense of feeling colored ribbons of the past connecting you to each old item. Imagine them in your mind. See the items, feel the ribbons and most importantly, notice the sense of bondage they still have on your mind. With positive, healthy intentions, see and imagine yourself cutting the ribbons and severing the bonds with these age old attachments. Watch the cut ribbons fly skywards and feel your sense of happy release. This is a fabulous freedom! Say out loud how grateful you are for your growth and time with everything you release yourself from in that moment! Writing down the memories also helps, and as you do, feel them leave your mind in the present moment.
Sit in a peaceful place for some time after you let go. Allow in that sense of deep release and appreciation for whatever you were holding onto with your mind and mental energies! Feel an open new space enter and give yourself time to enjoy that opening. In time, new concepts, fresh ideas and a better path forward will show itself.
It doesn't matter how wonderful the past was or how much success we may have had in it, the present moment is the true gift; the true gift of a true present! Who you are N. O. W. in this moment is what truly matters! It is only N. O. W. that we can make the real difference because the past is really truly gone, despite what our minds might want us to believe!
Our mind and mental faculties are amazing gifts and our minds are capable of many, many things. Let your mind embrace what is most positive NOW and LOVE YOURSELF for who you are in the present! Free your mind consciously of any thing or anyone who doesn't serve your greatest and highest good!
Welcome in, invite in and embrace the most LOVING, COMPASSIONATE, GIVING and SUPPORTIVE YOU right now into your freshly opened mind. Feel that expansion of thought and feeling and know the wonder of that inspiration! Know that true wonder of Y. O. U.! Walk tall with that Higher relationship of yourself and know it as LOVE ITSELF! Let your whole system embrace it and feel it as new ideas about yourself flood your system and feel it and know it as GOOD!