Make Peace With The Past

There is power and healing in accepting the past.

I recently became reacquainted with a close friend from my college days.  We knew each other in a very critical time.  A time of learning ourselves and what it meant to fit in with our peers.  No, it wasn’t junior high school, but college can be just as harrowing when it comes to friendship.  We never worried as to whether we were cool enough, because our attitude was that anyone who was cool was already our friend.  We lived so smugly, so sure that our ideas were the only ones that mattered.  But mostly we cared too much about everyone else’s opinions of us, even if we never let on.

Looking back on those days, we laughed at how silly we had been, how reckless, how trite.  We are both mothers now, and hesitant to think of how our own children may express their individuality one day.  Now that we are older, we can see clearly the mistakes of our youth.  Even though our lives are different, even though the parties and fun that brought us together are over, it was great to reconnect.

To laugh with an old friend who has seen you at your worst is one of life’s purest joys.  Even better, is to know that you will never be that person again.  You will never make those same mistakes again, you will make better ones!  When adults make changes, they usually begin to distance themselves from their old friends.  If not, they will have to spend many nights “untagging” themselves from throwback photos posted on Facebook.  But the beauty of transformation is that you never need hide from the past.

A website for Smith Chiropractic & Wellness Center in Indiana explains some incredible processes of the human body:

“. . .you have a brand new liver every 24 days? In that time, every cell in your liver dies and is replaced by brand new cells. Amazing!  Your blood supply is completely renewed every 4 months!  Every 5 days your body rebuilds your stomach lining.  Every 11 days you have new taste buds.  Every night when you change your clothes to go to bed, you literally brush off thousands of dead skin cells onto the floor, but it’s okay because you are constantly making new skin cells.  My point is that your body is always in a state of change and repair.”

Change and repair are the natural program encoded in our DNA by our Maker.  Use the natural process of your body’s renewal to begin healing and accepting your past.  Perhaps you will begin by writing a list of 10 things that you experienced in the past that made you who you are today.  Whether these things experiences are joyful or upsetting, accept that you cannot change them.  Commit to the work of detoxing your mind of thoughts of resentment and regret over the past.  The Creator is the true judge.  Allow your mind the compassion to realize that acceptance brings peace.  Peace will heal you.

Affirmation for acceptance: All that I am is a vessel of the true and living Creator.  I let go of the past and embrace the peace of NOW.

Herbs for peace: Lavender, chamomile, catnip, lemon balm can be made into a tea, either seperately or a blend of equal parts each herb.  Steep 3 heaping tablespoons in 8 0z. of boiling water for 10 minutes.  Drink slowly and calmly, preferably before bedtime.

Essential oil blend: lavender/ylang ylang (diffuse in a room by dropping 10-15 drops in a pot of hot water, or use 4 drops of each in a tub of warm water for a relaxing bathtime treat!)

{Be wise.  If you have a medical condition that requires treatment, see your wholistic physician or natural doctor.  I am not attempting to diagnose or treat any illness.  This information is purely spiritual.  I know that The Almighty can heal you and He left instructions on how to do so, in Genesis 1:29, “And God said, ‘Behold, I have given you every herb bearing seed, which is upon the face of all the earth, and every tree, in the which is the fruit of a tree yielding seed; to you it shall be for meat.’”}

Psalm 103:1-3
1 Bless the Lord, O my soul,
and all that is within me,
bless his holy name!
2 Bless the Lord, O my soul,
and forget not all his benefits,
3 who forgives all your iniquity,
who heals all your diseases.

photo by Patricia Gilbert, copyright 2011


2 thoughts on “Make Peace With The Past

  1. But the beauty of transformation is that you never need hide from the past…This statement resonated with me on so many levels. Only now learning to ”sit still” and just ”be” because I know He truly ”is”..…Thank you for this much needed moment of introspection and reflection…nice reminder that the present truly is a gift, and that each precious moment shared is meant to be cherished, honored and valued….the work continues…

    • You are welcome. Just imagine, the easiest things (like being still & doing/thinking nothing) can be so difficult! This is why it truly is work, but we get to have so much fun practicing, right? And we definitely cannot do it alone, The Eternal makes it possible, and easy if we let go and let It in. . .

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