Letting Go of the Past (Gently)

"Take a deep, slow breath. Feel the water around you. Let it wash and cleanse every part of you. . . . Let the tender waves of the mikvah carry off your hurts, cleanse your sore spots. Think of things in the past — finished relationships, negative behaviors, violations and losses. Let this womb hold you. Feel its strength and purity. Let it wash away the pain and sadness. Allow yourself a moment of parting from these things. It is time to say goodbye to these parts of your past. Watch them float away. Feel the warm water surround you, comfort you, bathe you. This is the womb of humanity. Let it rebirth you.
Recite the blessing of immersion."