Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Fix The Past By Living In The Moment Like Horses Do

Thanks to my good friend, Marilyn
for allowing me to use her picture
All to often in our life, we get stuck in all the experiences we have been through in our life. For some people, there is much more to get stuck in than others, but if we stay in the past, we will rob ourselves of the future.  Just like Buck Brannaman said in the movie, Buck, "Horses live in the moment, now there may be some things from their past that give you some trouble in the moment, but you have to fix it going forward, not backward."

Of course, this does not mean that we should not look at our past and unearth the stones that are on our path.  It does not mean, you don't have to heal those old wounds and find the root of what happened.  It does not mean that you have to do any of these things as well by staying stuck in the past.

When you live in the moment, you use the experiences of your past to move yourself forward.  You learn to embrace these things as a way of becoming more authentic.  You learn to use these horrible experiences as a way to discover who you are and become more conscious about your life's role in the universe.

Is it easy to find the balance between using those past experiences and living in the moment?  No, I would say it gets very difficult.  However, it is necessary for us to find our way through these times in our life if we truly want to heal from the past.  Living in the moment will help us find our footing on our path as we begin to unload all the heavy boulders we carry behind us.

We can never hide from our past and expect our life to feel fulfilled.  We can never hide from our past and expect our future to be all that we want it to be.  By living in the moment, we will realize and see that the experiences of our past brought us to the point we are currently at, but they do not need to define our experiences going forward.

It is all up to us how consciously we live our life.  We can be like the horses that Buck talks about in the movie, where we learn to live in the moment, or we can be taken under by the experiences of our past.  It is truly up to us.  In the end, it is all a process that will unfold if we allow it to, but it is important to keep in mind that it is not a race to see who finishes first.

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