The great Vedic scholar Eknath Easwawan tells a poignant story. At the end of a lifetime, a person’s soul goes to a plane of existence where each life is reviewed. The soul enters a theater in which a movie of the recent life is playing. The soul begins watching the movie but often has to turn away because of terribly uncomfortable scenes. Sins of omission and sins of commission cramp the heart, and the scene becomes too painful to watch. As a result of not being able to watch the complete movie, important lessons are missed, and the soul must reincarnate to learn them in the next lifetime.
According to this story, the primary cause for not being able to watch the painful scenes of life is a lack of forgiveness—for others and for oneself. Forgiveness is the essence of letting go. It means relinquishing attachments to the past and clearing encumbrances that constrict the heart. These constrictions are the source of inertia, entropy, and aging. Release them to grow younger.
Try this simple exercise.
Close your eyes, bring your attention into your heart and ask if you are holding onto any grievances, hostilities, resentments or regrets. If any come to mind, ask what occurred that led to the blockage in your heart. Then, ask what needs to occur now in order to release these toxins. Look for the gift that every life experiences offers, even painful ones, and express your gratitude for the experience.
Remember this beautiful expression from A Course in Miracles and refer to it often: “Every decision I make is a choice between a grievance and a miracle.” We encourage you to choose a miracle.
Adapted from Grow Younger, Live Longer, by Deepak Chopra (Three Rivers Press, 2001). Reprinted by permission of the author.
Adapted from Grow Younger, Live Longer, by Deepak Chopra (Three Rivers Press, 2001).