Past and Future
by Friends of Godwin
If you completely let go of your past you will not be able to go back to your home: this shows that we need to use the past. If you don’t think about the future, if you don’t plan, you would not be able to get anywhere.
When we think about the past, when we are recalling, and when we are anticipating the future, we are doing it now. We must realise that when we are thinking about the past, and when we are thinking about the future, we are always doing it in the present moment.
The only thing is that we give a reality to the past it doesn’t have. We don’t realise it cannot be changed and we allow the past to create negative emotions and suffering for us. This is also how anxiety about the future can arise. The future has not come yet, but while in the present we think certain things will happen. In a mirror-like mind all this thinking about the future and about the past is happening now.