Regret, But Don’t Keep Regretting
Conventionally, it is good to regret what we may have said or done in the past that caused hurt, because at that time we knew no better. If we learn something from regretting our past actions, then we can move on. Now, when our button is pressed, our reactions based on the past are not so excitable.
To keep regretting will only create guilt, barriers or even traumas in our mind, which will affect our behaviour, and how we deal with life and others. This is a hinderance to our spiritual progress and mental stability. We simply cannot keep blaming ourselves … or others. Ultimately, we must let go. Then was then, and now is now. We either live in the continuity of ignorance, or in the continuity of liberation. Release sometimes just happens spontaneously; I’m still wondering at that.
If we think that dwelling on the past will improve things for us now, we will live forever in cloud cuckoo land.
“cloud cuckoo land”: to think that things that are completely impossible might happen, rather than understanding how things really are.
As Einstein said, “Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again, and expecting different results.”
The good news is that we always have a choice.