I recently had the opportunity to take a trip back to where I grew up in central Alberta.
My immediate family members no longer live there and so the last time I was back was thirteen years ago for my grandmother’s funeral.
Like most forty-somethings I’ve changed a lot since childhood. I’ve changed a lot in the last thirteen years.
Sometimes we look back on our past selves and our past lives with a certain arrogance. I can’t believe I used to be so immature! Or we look back with regret. I can’t believe I made that choice!
I’ve experienced my share of both but on this trip what I felt most of all was a deep sense of gratitude for the place and the people I’ve come from.
Grateful for my past lives.
People can hear the term “past lives” and infer all kinds of meanings, including reincarnation, something I’m open to but don’t have any personal experience of in my own life.
Regardless of what you think about reincarnation (in this episode I play with that word a little, exploring other possible meanings), we all have past lives, a collection of moments, strung together that make us who we are.
Join me for this episode where we deal with, accept, and include our past in our present; honour and acknowledge where we’ve come from; and bring all our past lives with us as we move forward in our becoming.
Music by Adrian Walther and Caleb Etheridge.