Delete Bad Memories Like Apps

by Beca Lewis on November 5, 2012

Deleting Bad MemoriesSetting up our new smart phones took most of the afternoon.

We hadn’t planned to spend so much time with them, but the apps were so much fun, and Del kept finding new ones to load and try out.

Each little app has a picture icon, and when the icon is touched, a whole idea pops ups; all self-contained and full of information. What that information is, depends on the app.

I have one for identifying trees by their leaves, and one for identifying birds. I have one for coupons, and one for getting from one place to another.

There is a popular saying, “There’s an app for that,” which means that you can find any app you can imagine, to help, educate, or entertain you.

Stick with me here while I review what happens in apps. It will be worth it, you’ll see.

We tried many apps, and in the process, I downloaded an app that I didn’t like. I wanted it to go away since it was taking up valuable “real estate” on my phone. Turns out, it was simple to delete.

All I had to do was press it longer than normal. This made all the apps wiggle which gave me the ability to delete the one I didn’t want.

By the end of the day, pictures of apps were swimming around in my head, and that’s when the really cool thing happened.

Actually, it was the next morning.

I sat down to spend some quiet time in meditation. Within a few minutes, I started remembering something that was really bothering me, that had happened a few days before.

It no longer bothers me, because I simply can’t remember it anymore; and that is because of what I did with it, and that’s where the idea of using apps comes in.

The memory was one of many scenes that floated by in my quiet space, but the rest of the memories, or scenes, or ideas, I was able to observe as if they were clouds floating by.

This one was really bright, noisy, and hard to ignore.

So I didn’t. Instead, I turned it into an app. It wasn’t something I planned, or thought out, but after spending so much time the day before looking at, and playing with, apps it was my first response.

First, I noticed that all the scenes floating by were really like little icons, neatly packaged, ready for me to open.Click To Tweet

In my imagination, I pressed the icon of the memory that was bothering me, and the upsetting scene popped open.

I remembered how I had deleted the unwanted app on my iPhone the day before, so thought I would try it out on this unwanted memory. I started by graying it out. Instead of seeing the scene in all its vivid colors and sounds, I muted everything.

Then, in my imagination, I touched the icon until it started wiggling. Then I pushed it further and further away from me. As it vanished from my mental sight, I deleted it. Gone!!

Are you wondering if that was the right thing to do? Perhaps I should have kept that memory longer, and learned something from it. Perhaps.

However, that is not what happens with painful memories, big and small. Instead of teaching us something, they hide the Truth of omnipresent good from us. We end up being lost in the memory, and instead of learning a lesson, and moving on, we often remain stuck in it.

Lost in a past memory, or a worry about the future, we become less aware of opportunities, gifts, and good that each moment provides each of us equally and consistently.

Sure, we can learn from our mistakes and things that happen. I have many of those “boy, I’ll never do that again” incidents. However, that doesn’t mean we should remain in them, beat ourselves over the head with them, or punish ourselves- or others – for them.

Doing so only keeps us from being fully present with the constant good of the Divine. We will learn more by remaining in the grace of God then we will ever learn from the drama of the past, whether it was a moment ago, or fifty years ago.

Mary Engelbreit said, “Worrying does not empty tomorrow of its troubles. It empties today of its strengths.”

So package up your worries behind an icon, and practice deleting them, leaving you free to experience, and be, the action of omnipresent good.

PS
Here’s a Truth4Today that goes along with this idea:
“In Reality, time is not sequential, but is the simultaneity of all good happening now, constantly and indivisibly.” Want more? Subscribe here

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  • Rahla

    Thanks, Beca. Great way to dump old “stuff”

    Hugs to all.

    • http://www.becalewis.com Beca Lewis

      Rahla – so happy to “see” you here! Thank you my friend!

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