February 27, 2012
When it comes to the past, we have various avoidance mechanisms.
Some make their past better than it was to avoid awkward issues of blame. They prefer to blame and punish themselves rather than anyone else.
Others make it worse than it was in order to dwell doggedly in a paralysed world of resentment. It's not pretty but serves as a passive act of stubborn revenge.
Almost all disassociate from body memories that feel uncomfortable by rejecting their body as the keeper of these memories.
None of these are paths to lead us home.
The truth is, we can only judge the past rightly if we let go of it. If we cling to our perceptions of the past, for whatever reason, then we can't see it.
If we let go of it, then we see it.
This is how it is. We acknowledge what we know, feel what we feel, pretending nothing - but then we begin the walk to freedom. In such letting go, we become young again, in the best sense of the word: open, wondering, alive.
Spring follows winter's letting go.
And so it is with us.
Posted by Mr Bojangles at February 27, 2012 08:27 PM