Move Beyond Regret
The antidote for regret is to move our awareness into the present moment. Consider what you can do now that makes a difference.
~Yogacharya Ellen Grace O'Brian
Most of us have had times in our life where we have done something or said something that we regret. We wonder what we can do to take it back or change it, when often there is nothing we can do. We can't change the past, but we can affect the future. The only way to do that is to live in the present moment. Our meditation practice supports us in developing that part of ourselves that observes ourselves — the witness consciousness part of ourselves in the present moment. When we are meditating we are observing ourselves meditating, noticing when we have been distracted by thoughts and gently bringing ourselves back to our point of focus. When we are not sitting on the cushion we learn to observe ourselves and do or say the right thing in that moment. This is the antidote to regret.