“I see only the past.”
When I first read this lesson how I interpreted it was that our past experiences give us reference to the present moment so when you are looking at something you aren’t just looking at that specific thing you are looking at the culmination of all interactions you’ve ever had with that thing.
“I see only the past in this shoe” (etc…)
When you look at a shoe you are able to recognize it for what it is based on experience. This experience is also known as the past. As the example if you had no reference point to what a shoe was you’d not know the meaning of the word let alone the function of it. I often think of babies as a great example of this, if you give a baby a shoe they may play with it, put it in their mouth but not think to put it on their little foot.
This lesson came back to me today in relation to my efforts to work on staying present. (Stay with me because this is going to seem random initially but it really illustrates the point of this lesson to me) I was putting some shea butter in my hair so I look at the jar then proceed to think about how I used it on my hair before vacation. This thought turned into thinking about how vacation was so amazing and all the things that took place. I had left the present so easily looking at this object because I was looking at it in terms of the past!!!
I managed to bring myself back into the present and when I did the deeper understanding of this lesson came with me.
I love when thing tie in on that spiritual level. 😀 There are so many ways for us to say things but ultimately we are all saying the same thing.
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