There is a difference between thinking about the past and living in it. If you often struggle with letting go of past pain or regret, you can feel trapped by the situation and unable to move forward in your life.

In times of emotional pain, you may find yourself thinking back to when you felt happier. It is a coping mechanism that helps motivating you in the present. However, too much reflection or ruminating on past negative experiences can drift into obsession and lead to feeling stuck.

Your past experiences can affect your current mindset and your choices in how you interpret your life. If pain or trauma has been experienced in your past, it can impact how you view your current circumstances or even prevent you from living in the PRESENT.

Studies have now confirmed how past-negative experiences are often associated with anxiety, depression, impulsivity, low self-esteem, and poor choices.

The key is – no matter what is happening in your life right now – allow your mind to visit the past, while keeping your roots grounded in the now moment. Make decisions that deeply resonate with your heart right now, instead of taking actions based on what your mind is perceiving from the past. The truth is – the past is over, you only have this very moment!

So what is your heart seeking right now?

This week bring your full awareness to how often your mind is in the past, and how you can take your power back by being more present to your inner self and consequently to others around you. So often we feed the stories in our mind by allowing the inner voice to take control over our thoughts, keeping us constantly stuck in the past.

‘To stay present in everyday life, it helps to be deeply rooted within yourself; otherwise, the mind, which has incredible momentum, will drag you along like a wild river.’ – Eckhart Tolle