Sometimes the past just needs to be put in the past. You are who you are because of it, but you simply are not your past. Welcome your past in, give it a seat, but don’t let it run the show. .
We’re prone to shoving our past into our shadow realms, especially the painful parts. The parts we’re ashamed of. We don’t welcome them, don’t give them a seat, but try to shove them under the carpet. Push them away to where they aren’t seen. In the hope that these painful parts stop bothering us, will leave us alone, finally.
The truth is that shoving away our past, is not different from trying to hold a beach ball beneath the water surface: you’re pushing all the time, having your attention on it always, letting it run the show for you…
When you let go of the beach ball, when you weren’t paying attention for that one second, it pops out of the water right into your face. That’s not what you want your past to do, right? To run the show and create a lot of damage and more pain that one moment you weren’t paying attention. .
Just gently, loosen the pressure on the beach ball, your past, welcome it into your world, let it be there, and give it a seat. So it won’t run the show anymore, and it won’t wreck your life, again, that one second you weren’t looking.