How to Find Freedom from Your Past with Mindfulness

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Mindfulness Approach to Healing

“Mind is a flexible mirror, adjust it, to see a better world.” – Amit Ray

So how do we eliminate the sources of our suffering? Well, we change the way we process painful situations. This generally involves changing our attitudes about other people.

If we begin to change the way we view other people, then the painful memories will look different when we reexamine them. If our attitude becomes more loving, then we’ll become more forgiving, and be better able to let go of past hurts, anger, and resentment.

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How to Change Our Attitude with Mindfulness

“The present moment is filled with joy and happiness. If you are attentive, you will see it.” – Nhat Hanh

Mindfulness can help you let go of past hurts & heal yourself:

1. Through mindfulness meditation.

Mindfulness meditation will help you expand your awareness. What this means is that you’ll be able to see situations on a deeper level, and more broadly. For example, if someone in the past hurt you, you can look beyond his actions. You may look at his upbringing to understand why he treated you the way he did.

Usually, people who hurt others are unhappy and get some relief by inflicting pain on others. This is the only way they know how to deal with their pain and anger for the injustices that were done to them. When we can see them as a 5-year old child being abused, then our compassion for them will grow. This will help us forgive them, and free us of our own pain and suffering.

2. Loving-kindness writing meditation.

Through writing meditation, you can reprogram your subconscious mind with more positive attitudes. The way it works is simple. You simply copy the meditation by hand for about 5-10 minutes a day. This will imprint the affirmations of the meditation into your subconscious mind, and then they’ll manifest themselves in your actions without any conscious effort.

You can learn more about loving-kindness writing meditation here.

3. The mindfulness practice itself.

There is more to the mindfulness practice than just meditation. It also involves connecting with other people, deep listening, mindful speech, getting involved in a spiritual community, participating in a mindfulness retreat, and more. All these practices will help make you more resilient to the hurtful words and actions of other people.

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Let the Memories Arise

“Awareness is the greatest agent for change.” – Eckhart Tolle

I know that it can be scary to think about painful events from your past, but mindfulness is a powerful practice that can help you develop greater understanding and compassion. Those painful memories will look much different when you look at them with a mindful eye.

Mindfulness will also help you develop the inner strength necessary to transform those painful memories, so they never cause you pain and suffering again. This will lead to healthier and more fulfilling relationships.

When you finally let go of your painful past, you’ll find a freedom that you never thought possible. Then you’ll know the true meaning of inner peace and happiness.

Here’s an interesting video on the power of mindfulness and how it can help let go of your past hurts and heal:

Adapted from Mindfulness Meditation Made Simple: Your Guide to Finding True Inner Peace.

Mindfulness Meditation Made Simple: Your Guide to Finding True Inner Peace (Paperback)
Quick Start to Mindfulness Meditation (cd)
Inner Silence: Guided Relaxation Meditations for Inner Peace and Restful Sleep (cd)
Mindfulness for Busy People (online course)


Written By Charles Francis
Originally Appeared On The Mindfulness Meditation Institute
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Charles A. Francis

Charles A. Francis is the founder and director of the Mindfulness Meditation Institute. He has published numerous articles, and is the author of the book, Mindfulness Meditation Made Simple: Your Guide to Finding True Inner Peace. He has studied the mindfulness practice with Zen master Thich Nhat Hanh and has over 20 years of experience with mindfulness meditation. He is a speaker and consultant and leads workshops and retreats in Raleigh, NC, where he resides. To learn more, visit: MindfulnessMeditationInstitute.org.View Author posts