Let’s get real. The past is nothing more than the memories you allow yourself to remember. On the other side, the future is nothing more than your imagination at play and whatever you agree for your mind to project.
Therefore both, memories and imagination (past and future) are only functions or projections of your mind. In other words, the are NOT real at all!
I know, you’re probably thinking: “What does she mean they are not real? I lived those experiences and they seemed very real to me.”
I hear you. What I mean is that they are not real right NOW. Positive or negative, these experiences are gone forever. They are just memories in your mind, they do not exist in your physical reality. Are you with me? The same applies to the future. Since it has not happened yet, it is the product of your imagination, a projection of your mind that is not real – NOT NOW.
From this premise, you realize that you have some power over the past and the future because you get to determine the projections of your mind. This fact is actually quite refreshing. Let’s talk about the past first. This power over the past is not from the standpoint that we can change what already happened; however, you can decide right now to stop reacting to the past in a negative way, thinking that you should’ve done this or should’ve said that instead of whatever happened. This way of thinking only brings anguish and pain to your present and there is nothing you can do about it in the now.
The same applies to the future. You have the power to stop worrying about what will happen as it has not even happened yet. Again, these imaginations are just projections of your mind. Realize that most people live dragging their past, striving to achieve the future, and missing totally on the beauty of the present moment. This is a total waste of time, don’t you think?
Here’s a piece of advise: To truly enjoy life regardless of what’s happened in your past or whatever you imagine your future will be, you must focus on “right now” and to achieve that, you must change your mind about the way you perceive things. Autosuggestion is one technique I recommend to help you take control of your mind. Always remember that the projections of your mind are under YOUR control.
Watch this short video where Eckhart Tolle talks about the wisdom of Epictetus, a Greek philosopher who lived from 341 BC to 270 BC, and whose philosophy revolves around the fact that we have consciousness, free will and rationality; therefore, we are free to choose the kind of life we want to lead and what values we want to hold throughout.
This does not mean that things beyond our control will not happen, but that we have the ability to discern that some choices are better than others. We also have the choice to choose how we react to events. These life-choices should be aligned with our human nature which dictates that we naturally seek pleasure and try to avoid pain. Thus, we must strive to pursue happiness in the now by seeking pleasure rationally, intelligently, and consciously, independent of events and as much as we can.
Once you get a hold of this with your memories (your past), it’s time to start working on your future. Create pictures in your mind of happy, fulfilling events that are yet to come, and then play them over and over in your mind as if they were a comedy or light drama. Add funny moments that make you chuckle, and smells, tastes, feelings and emotions. Play your favorite tune in the background, and enjoy the process. Go about your present moment enjoying what’s in front of you, and when you notice the nasty self talk or a negative thought creeping in, go back to one of your pictures and replay your autosuggestion over and over again.
Hey! You’re getting a whole Wizard of Wisdom Workshop here … and for free! Have fun training your mind 🙂
“What’s the use of dragging up sufferings that are past,
of being miserable now, because you were miserable then?”