Dealing with the Past
Everyone has a past, in them are good things and things we don’t think are very good, but each thing shapes how we react and who we become. Some things are more difficult to get past than others, some people, myself included, struggle to let go of traumatic things that happen to us early on. It is important on the days when we find ourselves dwelling on the past, to remember that we are not what happened to us, we are what we chose to become.
“Peace comes from within, do not seek it without. What we think we become!” –Buddha
Each day is a new day, in which we are reborn, and have a better chance to become a new you!
The Dalai Lama in his book, “Becoming Enlightened” offers us a mediation mantra we can recite when we find ourselves in need of refuge, I see no better time to seek said refuge than when the mind is under attack.
“To the Buddha, the doctrine, and the supreme of all communities,
I go for refuge until enlightenment.
Through the merit of giving and so forth that I perform, May I achieve Buddhahood in order to help transmigrating beings.”
If you notice, when one takes refuge with this mantra it is mostly focused outwards, I love this one because of that fact. So many times when we find our minds under attack, from mental illnesses or from our past hauntings. We can be so focused inwardly, that by the act of changing our focus outwards we can find the way to free ourselves from those chains.