By Debbie Lynn

There is a huge difference between dancing in, and dwelling in the memory and the energy of our beautiful recall is either etched-in by emotion, or buried by it.

It isn’t until we can thank it all, every layer – good bad or indifferent that we can consciously be present to life in general. We get to choose…

So the prudent student understands that the multilayer of our past is an invitation for betterment but superficial at best, as the memory (living in our experiences, and as we remember them) has been added on to, altered (as the perception matures) and brought to the surface of the moment when it is triggered by our senses and sensitivity.

Once it (the past) is awakened, it can feel present and fully (or painfully) alive—the touch, the smell, the exquisite (or not so exquisite) sights we are allowed to view in our minds eye bring us closer to a time come and gone reveling or trying to repel the flavor of our life.

But what we recall is only minute snapshots and we are, (believe it or not) very selective about it.

They are the building blocks to our inner our essence that have been meticulously remembered from an unbound moment.

We may think we recall them well yet our mind has a way of showing fleeting glimpses to actuality. The details are finely tuned to fit the emotion attached to what we can truly reflect on.

This is how we collect memories. The ones that move us, drop us to our knees, and bring about an emotion of just living. They are derived from every aspect and from every side of those moments and they can be tricky; it takes discernment to set help set them free.

And because our past is comprised of so many, many situations, the real and honest moments intertwine, get twisted and can never be articulated or reproduced again. But, we are human and like to believe our recollection is smart, is viable, and accurate. Yet there is such a gap.

That vivid emptiness that embraces the Soul has such an odd familiarity; hollow, awe filled, and nudging the memory gently asking in wonder…. do you remember?

And if we do, is it worth taking it to the dance floor for another tango. Do we need to intimately know the past? The answer is NO. Do we need to harbor it all? Of course not because our memories have collectively made us who we are, and all we are right now—a paraphrase of yesterday and a promise of tomorrow.

It is good to be good with that.

So smile when a pleasant impression comes into view, brush it off when a bad arises—because we cannot live the memory, all we can do is acknowledge it happened. The only way the past hurts us again is when we allow it into our space and when we try to resist the mind (with the story inside it).

Let it go.

Some things truly need to run wild to be free in order to free us—the memory is one of those things.


Debbie LynnDebbie Lynn realized at a very young age that the outer reality was a far cry from her inner truth and meeting her inner wisdom head on always turned into a challenge. The wonderment, curiosity and hypocrisy of life led to exploration and a cumulative documentation (art and journaling) of what she lovingly calls “the purge”. It is her way of ridding any negative energy from the daily grind. She says, “In essence, it is a way to start fresh and cleanse the soul.” Debbie has had numerous articles published with elephant journal, The Edge Magazine and Simple Steps Real Life Magazine. Her daily posts can be found on Facebook.


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