How to Leave Your Past in the Past


Do not dwell in the past, do not dream of the future, concentrate the mind on the present moment. ~ Buddha

 Many of us consider the past as experiences that occurred weeks, months, even decades ago. It’s human nature to bring yourself back to the moments when we laughed the most, cried the most – even thought the most. We tend to drown ourselves needlessly in what we imagine or wish what should have been. Aaah, the days of “woulda, coulda shoulda.”

When I began my career on Wall Street at nineteen I wanted to believe my purpose was to be there. My main desire was to surround myself with successful people and be taught how to be successful. Nowadays, when people read my book, “Pursuing Your Destiny” they ask if I’d ever return to finance. My initial response was always, “Absolutely NOT.” Why? It wasn’t because I didn’t love the volatile rush of the stock market or the people I worked with; there was always something deeper within that wanted not only financial freedom, but emotional freedom. But what did it matter? It was my past, and no matter where that part of life led me, I am here, at the right place at the right time.

Letting go of what was seems to be a difficult feat when challenges arise. Instead of forcefully trying to forget or dismiss the past, embrace it as truth and an integral part of your journey. Once this became part of my spiritual practice, my life transformed into a world of awareness.

How do you leave the past in the past? Let’s hear your comments!

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About Michelle Cruz Rosado

Michelle Cruz Rosado is a professional speaker and bestselling co-author of "Pursuing Your Destiny: How to Overcome Adversity and Achieve Your Dreams." Follow Michelle for inspiring messages and quotes.