How many countless nights have we tossed in bed ruminating about our life? Sometimes we were stuck in reviewing our past behaviors. In most cases, we ended up berating ourselves for what we should or could have done. Other times, we focused on future events. These often loomed before us with fearful outcomes. From a rational place, we understood that the past was just that and there was nothing we could do about it. We also on some level knew that we could not control future outcomes, even with all of our obsessing. Yet, we used up an incredible amount of emotional and physical energy in thinking about the past and future.
What a relief it was to discover a new way of thinking. We could let go of these debilitating thoughts; because we saw they only caused us pain and confusion. Our experience had taught us that the problems were never solved by our ruminations. As our trust in a Higher Power deepened, we began to ask G-d for assistance in all aspects of life. We prayed for His help in dealing with that critical inner parent that would not let go of the past. We asked that fear of future outcome be transformed into focusing on the present. When we let go of the past and future, both our waking and sleeping hours became more serene.
Personal Reflection: Do I need to turn over something to my Higher Power?