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I imagine that as you begin to look back at your life, some moments may resurface and stick around. Some memories may be filled with gratitude. Others may not. You may find yourself feeling sad about decisions, or suddenly aware of the negative impact that others had on you.

From a spiritual sense, this is an opportunity to heal. It is time to make peace with your past so you can move forward.

For example, let’s say that in your reflection on your past you begin to feel a sense of sadness because someone you love hurt you (be it a parent, family member, friend, or significant other). The wound that was caused may still be open, thus impacting your decisions today.

The universe is providing an opportunity for you to heal.

One technique, although simple, may be beneficial.

Close your eyes and image yourself in a  field holding a red balloon. Attached to that balloon is the situation and the feelings attached. When you are ready- let it go.

Watch the red balloon drift into the blue sky. Watch it get smaller and smaller as it fades away.

If you have the energy, you can do this for a number of issues that is weighing on you at this time.

This exercise does not mean to replace professional help or guidance, as some traumatic life events require signifiant amounts of counseling and care. However, this simple technique may allow you to “let go” even for a few minutes.

I use this technique often after a difficult email, or meeting, or encounter where someone is unhappy with a decision that I made or a circumstance in which I am involved. I empathize, and personalize their emotions.

I need to remind myself that their feelings are theirs, and a part of their healing process. I have to give time to process and “let go” of the emotions that are surfacing.

This letting go can help you heal as you look back, so you can take your best step forward. Give it a shot, let those balloons go and watch your self slowly heal and recover.