Monday, December 29, 2014

Gratitude Monday --To Its Time


I am grateful for 2014.
It was a good year.

There was travel and camping, and picture taking  expeditions.  Yes,  this is the year I had cancer, but even that is good.
Among the lessons offered by said disease is the need to let go,  and the need to get past obstructions. The way to get past an obstruction is to let the thing go.

Meditation is something I do almost daily. Mine is a hybrid of meditation-hypnosis as they occur in the same level of consciousness.  Often I start with writing, be it gratitude, free writing, sorting out something on my mind, whatever.
Then I move on to the altered state work. In it I take whatever gets dredged up and look at it.

In the past I would simply acknowledge the incident, admit it, and move away from it.
Now I add one more step. Because of the lessons of 2014 I learned this:
Leave it to its time.

Recall an embarrassing moment?  A stupid thing you did, said, believed? They come up at the most annoying times. When they do it is because they've something to show you.
Acknowledge them, accept them, and leave them.
If it happened when you were 12, then it is a part of your past and stays at 12. You can't undo what happened, you can only get beyond it.
If you did it last week, leave it there. Granted that's still pretty fresh.  It may take some time and distance to get beyond it, but if it is important to your growth it will come back to haunt you.
When that happens, let it bubble up and then leave it to its time.
It is a part of your past. That is where it belongs.

The experience of it stays with you and that is what is important. What you've learned, how you've grown, those things matter.
Keep the lesson, leave the incident.

With that I acknowledge 2014 and those matters which may be perceived as bad. I am grateful for them, and I leave them to their time.

14 comments:

Kimberley said...

Such wisdom! Thanks for this glorious post!!!

Leah J. Utas said...

My pleasure, Kimberley. Thank you.

Ron Scheer said...

Thanks for this insight. I have been plagued with unpleasant memories of late and what you say helps put them in their place.

Tabor said...

I wish you lived next door as I could use you as an excellent teacher. I just read some very interesting stuff on meditation and now realize it is something I must work on adding to my life.

messymimi said...

There's much i've learned to take with me, and a good bit more i need to leave to 2014. Thank you for the insight.

Leah J. Utas said...

Ron, glad to help.
Tabor, I'd do it in a heartbeat. I srongly recommend meditation.
Messymimi, my pleasure.

Red said...

Excellent post. I can use your advice. I sometimes dwell on things from the past.

DJan said...

This is some advice I can take advantage of, every time one of those pesky memories comes up to bother me. Thank you! :-)

solarity said...

Well said!

Mary Anne in Kentucky

Leah J. Utas said...

Red, DJan, Mary Anne, thank you.

Hilary said...

You're a wise lady, Leah. Happy New Year to you and Mike.

Leah J. Utas said...

Thanks, Hilary. Happy New Year to you, too.

TexWisGirl said...

thank you for the wisdom. congrats on your POTW!

Leah J. Utas said...

Thanks, TexWisGirl