Holding on, while letting go
How is this possible?
Yesteryear is not the same for everyone, but for some:
It provides us with a comfort blanket.
Everything, but what we have now.
The times we laughed until our belly’s hurt.
When we looked into the eyes of our beautiful new babies
When we ate our Sunday meals together, as a family.
Planted our first garden.
Danced until dawn.
Spent quiet moments on the beach.
Yesterday’s are endless.
They will always be there.
Our nows become then, in blink of an eye.
Do you crave the lost days?
Wishing all was the same.
Missing what was.
Clinging to the past with clenched claws.
What if, we can hold on to those precious memories,
and still look forward to what is to come, with the same fondness?
It is simpler than you would think.
All it takes is a subtle shift in your hold on the past,
by extending rather than grasping.
Grasping indicates a desperate, panicked state.
Extending is self-determined, controlled and relaxed.
When you extend, you invite the past into your world
and choose to disinvite when it no longer serves you.
Begin with this mindful technique,
acknowledge whether you grasp or extend.
You will know, by how you feel.
If you are tense, sad, or empty you are grasping.
If you are relaxed, calm and at peace, you are extending.
Extending is not to grieve what was,
but loosen the grip on the past and live in the present.
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