I let go of the desire to go back and do things differently. I accept the circumstances, experiences, decisions that have happened along the way in my life which have been exactly as they have needed to be. I cast no judgement. But now I have a choice whether I repeat certain patterns, behaviours or thoughts and find myself in similar circumstances, or whether I choose to do something different, learn the lesson and be rewarded with the gift. But in order to do this, I must look at my past only with gratitude.
I choose to address any past issues that come up with gratitude (they often surface to either play them on loop or deal with them) and forgiveness (I forgive me!).
Something to ponder:
* Imagine waking up tomorrow morning with absolutely no recollection of your past. You have no memories..... Without these memories, it is difficult to generate anxiety around future events as many of our fears and worries are based on our earlier memories. We may not even know what fear or worry is!
So if you had no past memories and no future imagery, and all you had was this moment.... what would you say and do right here right now? I imagine we would be approaching every object, every situation, interaction as we did as a 2 year old. It is much easier to appreciate pure beauty in all situations without any attached perceptions or memories.