“To insist on a spiritual practice that served you in the past is to carry the raft on your back after you have crossed the river.” ~The Buddha
What are you holding onto that served you in the past and is now a burden? Can you let it go?
Every day we wake up and have the chance to renew our vows to what matters to us. That could be a relationship, a job or career, a spiritual practice, an eating plan, a workout routine, or a budget.
What brought you to this point in your life may not be what will carry you forward.
I see this all the time with the objects people surround themselves with. It doesn’t matter if they are holding onto old fabric samples or tear sheets for furniture they didn’t buy or bittersweet mementos of past successes and failures.
I’m not suggesting you completely distance yourself from your past―I am suggesting you carefully examine what you are committing yourself to each and every day that you are here. Just like a contract, if you do not consciously review the terms of that contract and either renew it or cancel it, it will remain in effect, humming along in the background. In some cases, that may be fine―but in others, it could be creating tremendous drag and pull on your forward movement without you even being aware of it. Why not begin each day with a quick inventory of what you value and what you’ll use to inform all your choices that day instead of lurching forward half-asleep without clarity?