As an addition to last week’s blog to living mindfully, in the present, letting go of past guilt is essential to freeing your soul. That is easier said than done! And what about not just getting over past guilt, but continuing to do things out of guilt in the present? There are many ways guilt can play a role in your life. For instance, a co-worker may ask you to dinner constantly but you really want to spend your off time with your family. You go out with her anyway out of guilt because you don’t want to hurt her feelings. If you say “yes”, whatever the reason, now enjoy that dinner joyfully. Living an authentic life and doing so mindfully is what’s important.
Whether it is a friend, family member or anyone in your life, there is a difference between helping someone in need and that feeling that you are being taken advantage of. Trust your gut with how you are living your life. It is easy for boundaries to get crossed when you are giving your time to others. It is up to you to learn how to put your foot down when it comes to living your life meaningfully. Saying no directly is honest, but very hard to do.