Welcome to September! For me, the beginning of September has always felt like a beginning to a new year, with children in many parts of the world returning to school, and I remember excitedly and enthusiastically looking forward to going back to the classroom. Somehow, this time has always retained that particular quality, in my life. Having only recently completed my last term as a grad student, I will not be returning to school in September. However, the same childish excitement lingers on, filling me with renewed fervor, a hope for something new. As a child, I remember feeling as though time dragged on for ever and that I would never get older, and yet, at times, I very much wished that I could speed up the days and move faster into the future. A few years later, I discovered the beauty of the present moment, and haven't wanted to move since.
For a reason I cannot explain, September often brings back memories of my childhood. Perhaps it's the rainy autumn weather that always gets me feeling nostalgic and brings back flashes of the past. I am not certain about these reasons; nevertheless, after travelling back to the past and reviewing my life eighteen to twenty years ago, and comparing it to the place in which I am today, I recharge my inspiration as I realize that the lessons I learned long ago have helped to create the person I am today. And for that, I am grateful.
How often do you review the past as it applies to your life? This week, I invite you to join me in comfortably reminiscing about the past and reviewing how far we have come. You may wish to think about the past two years, seven years, or twenty years, depending on your comfort level and the places and times to which you wish to venture. Some memories may be incredibly pleasant, while others may be slightly more challenging to revisit. However, please remember that you are in control of where you wish to go and that you are always welcome to return back to the grace of the present moment. Please follow your intuition with the depth to which you wish to travel and the neighbourhoods you would like to visit. Enjoy this activity and revel in the beauty of time and its changing, evolving nature on this physical plane. Although it may seem, especially when we experience sadness in our lives, that time appears to have come to a standstill and that nothing could ever change, this exercise may remind us that nothing could be farther from the truth. Following this experience, please take the time to return to the present moment and feel its safety. You may wish to journal about your impressions from this exercise, and you are welcome to return to this exercise if and when you wish.
And of course, although we cannot change the past, we can create the future in which we want to live tomorrow, a month from now, and many years from now. Rejoice in the present moment while envisioning that best outcome for any situation in which you may find yourself today. The experiences of the past make us stronger, more positive and more empowered co-creators of our future.