Sometimes we feel regret for some mistakes in our life. Or powerlessness about bad things happening out of our control.
What is our response? Usually, we time-travel in the past, replay the events in our head, feel the pain again, and imagine tweaking something to make the situation what it should have been. But it does not help.
Funny as it seems, here is a simple technique to practice letting go.
Derive future lessons from whatever happened, then imagine putting all the bitterness, resentment and regrets, into a box. Visualize that you are placing that box into a boat at the edge of an ocean. Then, slightly push that boat into the ocean (on a lighter note, you can also kick the boat hard if you want to).
Imagine that boat floating away from you deep into the ocean. Let it go. Then, turn away.
The result is a feeling of immense peace and a calming lightness inside the mind. Like offloading a burden from the brain.
I don’t know why it works. And I don’t expect it to work for everyone. But I will be glad for whom it will.
Even if not this one, practice letting go through any other means possible. Because if you don’t, it is like accumulating the trash in the house instead of throwing it outside in the bin every day.