Mind over matter

The so-called baggage of the past that we seem to take with us cannot ever be truly released from our psyches, but it needn’t define who we are if we learn to accept the past and reappraise its influence on us. Reappraisal is an emotion-regulation strategy that involves changing your emotional response by reinterpreting the meaning of what has occurred. Defined as the use of deliberate and effortful processes to change an enduring and negative emotional response, reappraisal tries to untie us from the often debilitating emotions that can accompany life events.

It’s a process that involves recognising the negative feelings you have around an event or series of events and then reinterpreting the situation to reduce the severity of those negative feelings. By changing your negative attitude to a more positive one you can begin to modify the influence the event has had and is continuing to have on your life.

It’s important to note that reappraisal isn’t about creating a false memory or abdicating your responsibility for what has occurred. Instead, it’s about rethinking your response so it becomes productive rather than destructive. For example, reimagining a

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CHRISTINE BROADBENT is a consulting astrologer and teacher with 30 years of experience who offers workshops and personal readings. For details of her July workshop in Sydney, contact Christine@astrologyspot.com.au or phone 0402 664 101. This eclipse