Is a memory ever picture perfect? I argue that while letting go of things does play an important role in life, so does holding onto memories and what makes them special for our unique experiences.
No two people ever experience a situation the same, which means your memories are yours alone. By recognizing that we all remember things differently, and there is no singular truth to any situation, we can better understand how memories work and their power over us.
By using a combination your memory and your body’s interoceptive ability you can begin to make intelligent and appropriate decisions when negatively aroused, and decide for yourself what best serves you in those moments. Focusing on the body instead of the mind to accept the flawed beauty of memories is a natural way of embracing your inner truth. How do your memories affect the way you think about yourself? Let us know in the comments.
In This Episode
- Focusing on the body instead of the mind and sensing your internal bodily changes
- How emotional arousal tends to trigger negative memories
- Why many arguments are a result of inconsistency in memory
- The difference between emotional memories and non-emotional ones
- What types of details are remembered and how they are remembered
“Memories have more to do with the uniqueness of you than the actual event in time” (0:49)
“Memory is not perfect. Even when we retain memories from of our past, they are never exactly as we may have perceived them to be at the time. They are our experiences.” (4:13)
“A lot of our memory might not be the snapshot of what actually happened, but it includes our internal perceptions, our wishes, our dreams and even our intuitions” (9:25)
“The beautiful thing about memories is even though we should live in the present, we can return to our past, we can learn from our memories, and simply enjoy them” (10:59)