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Don’t Be Defined By Your Past: A Meditation To Move On

As adults, many of our experiences are colored by the past.

The way we perceive what people do and say and even what we feel is possible comes from our past. Sometimes difficult experiences have us frozen in time because our fears are so loud we can’t hear our soul nudging us to move on.

In order to get ‘clear,’ we can use the power of the mind in meditation to move on. This at-home meditation will help over time as you repeat it and the idea of letting go becomes a normal part of your thought process.

Meditation works on changing the deeper ingrained subconscious thought patterns that can make us come off as closed to new experiences or even bitter. They can help us let go of deep-rooted insecurities and pain. The visualization part of this meditation starts to reprogram the subconscious to perceive positive and peaceful ways to live.

For those who had a volatile home growing up, we can begin to repeat the behaviors we witnessed as children in our own relationships if we don’t set our intention to let those memories go. The mind is shaped in our youth but we can continue to shape it as adults.

If you feel your heart is heavy or that you are not fully being yourself and open to love and joy, this meditation can help you. We may not even be aware of what in our past is affecting us because it can be a lot of things. That is why using this meditation frequently is going to help you on your path to empowerment.

Prepare For Meditation

Your environment greatly affects how deeply you are able to meditate. Before you do this meditation, set up a comfortable meditation area that is quiet and feels serene. Make sure you won’t be interrupted by putting your phone on airplane mode and then find some calming meditation music.

Binaural music can help you get deep into meditation and calm the active mind. Sometimes it can even be helpful to take a shower to clear your thoughts from the day and feel ready to get some deep healing done on your subconscious.

Deep Breathing

Start by taking deep breaths in your nose and out of your mouth for one minute. This will help you become present so you can meditate more effectively. The deep breathing allows your nervous system to calm down and also helps to clear your aura so you can focus and raise your vibration.

The breathing aspect is one of the most important parts of this meditation as the breath connects us to our soul which will help us clear the energy of the past.

Visualization To Let Go

Continue breathing slowly and deeply through your nose.

Now you will visualize yourself sitting in a grass field. It is a calm day and there is a sense of peace all around you.

You are totally enjoying the experience. You are going to allow yourself to let go of a story from the past that no longer serves you. You will see the story that is ready to be released in a moment.

Before you do this, plan for the process to go smoothly and easily. OK, now you’re ready.

You will see a paper floating down from the sky with the story that is ready to be released. It is not helping your mind and your soul’s progress to hold onto it.

Put out your hand and let it land on your palm. Look at the black letters on the page and see what you will be releasing from the past.

You now decide to tear this story into tiny pieces that the birds will use to make their nests.

As you tear the paper, feel yourself being freed from the energy that this past event has been affecting you with.

Feel yourself making space for new energy and optimism. Birds now land to take the paper and recycle it into their nests for the life they will support.

Notice how you have a new found sense of optimism as they carry away the pieces of your past that were weighing on you.

Take a few deep breaths to bring yourself out of meditation.


Take a moment to write down how that past memory was defining your perception in your life. Write down how you now feel free from that perception. If you found the meditation difficult, that’s normal! Keep trying it once a day and you will find that visualization becomes easier and even focusing in the meditation will start to happen naturally.

Even if you’ve had difficult relationships, you can release the energy and the story that it will continue to be. The stories we tell ourselves can be altered when we decide what we want and when we realize that we co-create our reality. Our minds are a part of the universal mind and what we think about will be magnetized to us.

Set your intention to focus your thoughts on a positive future, one that you really want to live in, and you’ll find that the reality you experience does shift towards that vision. Be consistent in your visualization and you will harness the power of your own mind.

Much of the healing we do is about our own relationship with ourselves.

We can learn to treat ourselves with respect and gentleness in our thoughts by releasing the thoughts that have been running in our mind that don’t serve us. If someone made you think poorly of yourself, it’s time to free yourself of that. Allow yourself to trust the process and keep a journal for a month as you do the meditation each day.

This can greatly empower you to make decisions that are in your best interest and will lead to long term happiness.

Related Article: A Meditation To Find Inner Happiness

Shannon Yrizarry

Shannon Yrizarry

Trusting her intuition has brought Shannon a wealth of gifts and she brings this wisdom to Daily Life … daily! Instead of following the "norms" of career development, Shannon followed her gut. It's led her to some extraordinary places and experiences as a healer, clairvoyant, metaphysical teacher and Kundalini yoga instructor.... Read More

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