In today’s world, it is not uncommon for someone to say that they want to let go of the past, and this is likely to be due to the fact that it is holding them back in some way. Therefore, the sooner they are able to do this the better their life will be.

A Number of Options

Fortunately, it is not going to be difficult for one to come across ways in which this can take place. However, if they do find this part a challenge, it could be a sign that they are looking in the wrong place.

What this comes down to is that there is so much information available today, and the only thing they need to do to find it is to go online. As a result of this, one could be living in middle of nowhere and still have an unlimited amount of information at their fingertips.

The Internet

That is providing that they have some kind of device and an internet connection. By using a search engine, for instance, one can find answers to just about any question they have.

If one wants to find something to read, there will be plenty of articles for them to look through. But if they would prefer to watch something, then there is going to be no shortage of videos for them to view.

Two Approaches

There is the chance that one wants to change their life as soon as possible and they may then go along with the first thing they come across. At the same time, they may be willing to take their time and to reflect on the different ideas that they come across.

It could be said that it would be better for them to take their time, as this will allow them to make the right decision. Still, one could take their time and still end up going down the wrong path, so to speak.

Trial and Error

Instead, one could go along with one idea and even though it doesn’t work, they could learn from the experience. Through having the ability to change course, they will be able to get on the right track before too long.

The alternative would be for one to end up on the wrong track and then to keep going, thereby ignoring the signs. This would then be the same as someone who continues to drive their car even though smoke is coming out of the bonnet.

One Option

And when one does come across information that talks about how they can let go of the past, they are likely to be told that they need to change what is taking place in their mind. Through focusing on this area and changing their thoughts, for instance, they will soon be able to move on with their life.

If one was to step back and to think about this, they may come to the conclusion that this is the right approach. This can be due to the fact that their mind is full of thoughts that remind them of what has taken place in the past.

Completely Logical

It is then going to be essential for them to for them to change what is taking place in their mind, and if they don’t do this their life is not going to change. And along with this being the next step for them to take, they can also be told that this is a relatively simple process.

Part of this process could involve one thinking differently, and they may also be encouraged to observe what is taking place in their mind. And through taking control of their mind as opposed to being controlled by it, they will gradually begin to let go.

A Conscious Human being

In a way, one will be going from someone who is unaware of what is taking place within them to someone who is aware. And this can only be a good thing and something that will allow them to grow and develop.

Along with what one will be need to do to their mind, they may also be told to change their behaviour. Yet while this approach may work, there is also the chance that it won’t do anything.

A Deeper Look

What this comes down to is that what is taking place in one’s mind can be a reflection of what is taking place in their body. It can then be a complete waste of time for them to focus purely on their mind.

Through doing this, one can end up feeling extremely frustrated, and they may start to believe that they have no control over their life. Or they might try to use even more force in order to finally let go of the past.

Another Perspective

But if one believes that it is all in their mind, it is going to stop them from looking at what is taking place in their body. If they were to do this, they may find that they have an emotional build-up and/or that they are carrying trauma.

The emotional pain within them will need to be processed, and if they are carrying trauma, this will also need to be resolved. What this shows is that even though the body is often overlooked in today’s world, it can actually play a big part in how we experiences life.


One reason why the body has been overlooked could be due to how painful it can be to get in touch with it. It can be a lot easier to focus on the mind and to stay away from what is taking place at a deeper level.

Even so, this is going to cause one to be disconnected from themselves, and it won’t be possible for them to live as a whole human being. Yet if one is surrounded by people who are in the same position, they might not be able to realise this.


If one is carrying a lot of pain in their body and they want to let it go, they may need to work with a therapist. When it comes to how long this will take, it can all depend on what is taking place within them.

Author's Bio: 

Prolific writer, author, and coach, Oliver JR Cooper, hails from England. His insightful commentary and analysis covers all aspects of human transformation, including love, partnership, self-love, and inner awareness. With over one thousand in-depth articles highlighting human psychology and behaviour, Oliver offers hope along with his sound advice. His current projects include 'A Dialogue With The Heart' and 'Communication Made Easy'.

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