What role does the fear of past experiences play in your life? Probably more than you are aware of. If you can’t let go of the past, you aren’t really moving forward. You’re living in the past and it’s holding you back from the present and the future.
What we perceive in our thoughts becomes our reality, whether it’s true or not. Just because we’ve had bad experiences in the past doesn’t mean they need to continue over and over again in our thoughts creating a vicious cycle. Yes, we do create our own reality.
There may be things we encounter that remind us of a past trauma. When this happens, it’s good to recognize that it’s there and notice what you’re feeling – anxious, fear, panic? Realize that you aren’t those feeling. They are old experiences that have resurfaced and you have the power to move past them.
This is a good time to take a breath and slow everything down. Breathing deeply actually slows down your heart rate and blood pressure, which will not only relax your mind, but also your body.
Notice what experience from your past caused this to occur. Once you name the fear, you gain control. I suggest journaling about it or write on a piece of paper and burn it (safely) to signify that you have let go. This will be a huge weight off your shoulders and may even make you feel better physically. This can be life changing in a big way.