We have no power over the past, yet we continue to hold on to it, which takes up mental space and brain power.

The practice of mindfulness allows us to start to let go, to accept what we cannot change and to move on to the present.

Here is a 30-second way to move on from the past:

Forgive yourself. Forgive yourself and move on.

One of my teachers Gabby Bernstein suggests putting a Rubber Band on your wrist, and when you find yourself time traveling to the past, holding onto something you wish you could change or blaming, you literally take the band and snap it. Snap out of it. It’s a reminder to let it go and come back to the now, to forgive yourself and move on.

When we deeply accept that we cannot change the past, we arrive more in the present. And from here, we can start to make changes that positively affect the rest of our lives.