11. Give up the past.
We’ve all been hurt, we all had parents that made mistakes and we’ve all been through hell. You didn’t listen to your parents when you were younger, so why are you still listening to their voices in your head right now? Every experience in life has taught you something or made you stronger.
Yeah, it’s hard. Especially when the past looks so much better than the present and the future looks so frightening, but you have to take into consideration the fact that the present moment is all you have and all you will ever have.
The past you are now longing for — the past that you are now dreaming about — was ignored by you when it was present. Stop deluding yourself.
Be present in everything you do and enjoy life. After all life is a journey not a destination. Have a clear vision for the future, prepare yourself, but always be present in the now.
12. Give up spending money on what you don’t need in an effort to buy happiness.
Living simply allows the space for life to flow. We complicate our lives by spending too much money and filling our home with “things.” Less is truly more.
13. Give up on your fears.
Fear is just an illusion, it doesn’t exist — you created it. It’s all in your mind. Correct the inside and the outside will fall into place.
The only thing we have to fear, is fear itself.— Franklin D. Roosevelt
14. Give up anger.
Anger burns a hole in the hand of the person still holding on to it. Move it out once and for all.
15. Give up control.
Control is an illusion, as we live in an out of control world. Learn to embrace the new and welcome change; otherwise, you’ll grow old through your own rigidity. Learn to let go.
Be willing to give up your need to always control everything that happens to you and around you — situations, events, people, etc. Whether they are loved ones, coworkers, or just strangers you meet on the street — just allow them to be. Allow everything and everyone to be just as they are and you will see how much better will that make you feel.