Changing Your Story Line

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‘People have a hard time letting go of their suffering. Out of a fear of the unknown, they prefer suffering that is familiar.”
Thich Nhat Hanh

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We all have our favourite story, the one we keep playing in our head. Usually the theme is some kind of injustice perpetrated against us. Being without our story can be scary since it has defined us for so long.

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Resentment is closely related to anger. Resentments are negative feelings, basically ill will, toward someone or something that emanates from the past. Resentment is the re-experiencing of past injustices – real or perceived – and the old feelings of anger connected to them

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But giving it up will instantly leave you so much lighter. You can simply decide to stop having this story that has caused you much misery. Reflect on why you have invested so much in your story. We tend to hang on to our resentment to those who have wronged us, because to forgive would be to assume responsibility for our lives and that can feel scary.

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Find ways to remind yourself that only you are responsible for you. Remember you do not have to like what has happened in the past in order to accept it. But acceptance will free your attention and energy from the shackles of anger and resentment, enabling you to let go. And so enabling you to take your life forward in a positive way………Decide to give up bitterness so happiness can take its place.

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‘Letting go helps us to to live in a more peaceful state of mind and helps restore our balance. It allows others to be responsible for themselves and for us to take our hands off situations that do not belong to us. This frees us from unnecessary stress.”
Melody Beattie


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