Originally Posted by identitycrisis
I'm as guilty of this as anyone. Sometimes though, no matter how hard I try, my mind just will not let it go.
I think by dwelling on the past we are really worrying about our future punishment, of facing up to our past, like a criminal turned straight worrying his past catching up with him or a religious convert worrying about paying for past sins.
We shouldn't have to fear our past because we have done nothing wrong to cause our anxiety. Our past makes us who we are, and we aren't guilty of anything. Why let go of your past but not your guilty/shame feelings?
Extremes are unhealthy, whether it's dwelling in the past or blocking it out. Acceptance is key.