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Monday Motivation – Letting go of the Past – look to the future!

I love the idea of being able to shed all the pain, the angst and bad feelings that we all experience from time to time. The conflicts, the battles that seem to take over our lives. People that seem bent on causing you pain and misery. And situations that seem insurmountable. There are a number of ways to help you to do exactly that.

Have you ever visited the island of Iona? A fairly remote Scottish Island, Iona is a tiny beautiful spot off the southwest coast of Mull in the Inner Hebrides. It is only 1.5 miles wide by 3 miles long, with a population of around 120 permanent residents. It is known as the Cradle of Christianity.

The story goes of a Christian called Columba who fled Ireland and found hope and a new life in Iona.  His story is one of turning his back on the violent wars in Ireland and finding peace and a bright new future in Scotland.  If you ever visit there, the custom suggests that you take a pebble from the beach and throw it into the Ocean.  As you throw the pebble way out into the sea, imagine you are letting go of all your hurt and pain.  Of letting go of all the shame and sorrow of any past experiences.

It is supposed to be a very therapeutic experience.  And to finish the healing process you need to pick another pebble from the beach and take it home with you.  This will remind you of all the good things in your life.  All the things you are grateful for.  And hang onto these thoughts.  A wonderful friend of mine, Roselle Angwin, runs residential writing courses on Iona.  Check out her link if this is something you would love to do.

No doubt we can apply the same principles to a number of different places and situations. It is about letting go of past pains and sorrows, and looking forward to bright future. Have you any experiences of something similar, something that you would like to share?

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About the Author: Carole Langman works behind the scenes at Bowerland Cottage Holidays and Devon Dogs as the Business Manager. Her office is always a hive of activity, and with the vast amounts of work Carole has, we never really know how she gets through it all! To unwind, she loves gardening, hikes around Bowerland, travelling and writing.

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