“I have a terrible memory, I remember everything” is more true than I realized. Recently, the New York Times cited a study showing “learning becomes more difficult as we age… because we fail to forget the old stuff”.
Forming new long-term memories is more difficult when our brain is already filled with memories. “Think of it as writing on a blank piece of white paper verses a newspaper page, said the researcher Joe Tsien. “The difference is not how dark the pen is, but that the newspaper already has writing all over it.”
We can open to new learning and increased happiness by letting go of memories, resentments and outdated concepts that don’t serve us anymore.
What is cluttering up your mind?
What are you ready to forget so that new experiences can become new memories?