We always hear people say," put the past behind you," "let the past go," and "the past is the past." Seems like good advice. But is it? I think a truer statement is deal with your past so it doesn't inhibit your future.
Our past is important. Why? It gives us roots and foundations. It gives us a sense of self. More importantly, it provides a road map for our future. Positive past experiences teach us how to act in order to repeat positive experiences just as negative ones teach us how to avoid the same situation when we encounter it again.
So instead of writing off our past in an attempt to escape pain or shame or failure, let's integrate our past so it helps shape a brighter, more mindful future.
Entrepreneur.com has a great article on how to add this practice to your daily life.