Release the Past
Don't look back
Let it go
Freedom is right now. If we are really in the present moment, everything is new. Why do so many people linger over past experiences? If it brings pleasure, perhaps a fond memory, it becomes a longing. If it brings pain or misery, it has happened but it's over. Both are illusions. Should I waste time thinking about the past, or should I enjoy the present moment? It is a matter of choice but the clock is ticking.
Take what you need
It would be wiser to learn from the past and move on. One of the main causes of pain and misery is the process of running the same old mental movies of slights, injustices, mistakes, wrongs, and abuses that happened long ago. Whatever has happened cannot be undone. Perhaps it was very shocking that such a thing did occur. We can't believe that a human being could stoop so low and cause such a heinous incident. But the fact of the matter is, they did. Ignorance is bottomless. Just when you think you've seen it all, along comes John Doe to take it to another all time low. That is the way of the world. What value is it? If it has no value, it should be discarded immediately.
Filling the space
I know people who go on and on about how horrible things happened to them. They will give you hours of it if you are foolish enough to sit there and listen. They are consumed in a dark cloud of past injustices that becomes a way of life. If you try to tell them that they should let it go or just forget it, you may have a good fist fight on your hands. It's difficult to understand that they have nothing else to hold on to. If you take away that misery, God forbid, the joy of the present moment may come rushing in! That would just be unbearable like a vampire in the sunlight! If the space must be filled, why can't it be filled with something pleasant?
Love it or hate it
One of the keys to happiness is dropping the past. Such a beautiful thing. The fact that we have the power to completely ignore the past just as though it never occured. Since it can only live in our thoughts, it is within our power to delete it. Some may say, you can't stop the media from digging up old horrible stories and broadcasting them. True, you can't. They have a fondness for anniversaries. Just become awake to the fact that there is no such thing as an anniversary. Nothing in time repeats itself. You can't say that this day has happened before. This is a new moment. You can't even say that this year is 2013. According to what? So we cancelled the last 50,000 years? It's an illusion. We can agree to go along with it, but we know better than that. The key to dealing with the tragic media from the past is, you don't have to pay attention to it. You decide what to feast on. Don't let them control what you think about.
Help is available
What if you can't let go? For some reason that nagging memory just won't leave. Perhaps there is a vivid reminder present that won't allow it. If it gets too rough, there is help available. There are books, and professionals who know how to handle such cases. If forgive and forget does not work, then find the best help. You don't want to carry a burden for a lifetime. Forgiving and forgetting can be difficult. Especially if you must have contact with a person or a place where something bad has occured. In some cases it's even dangerous to give someone a clean slate, especially if they refuse to change their bad ways. I am a firm believer that there is a wise solution for every situation. The key is to find it. What have others done to successfully and legally release the situation?
No matter how you slice it, time will take care of everything. Time is that great eraser which no man can overturn. Everything will eventually pass. It would be even more wonderful if we could let go of the past right now and enjoy life.