“To be free of time is to be free of the psychological need of the past for your identity and the future for your fulfillment”
When I read this quote, it took me a while to understand clearly the profound depth of its message. Please allow me to language the significance of this quote through my mind and my heart.
I have sat and spoken with thousands of people in my work as both a Doctor as well as with friends and family. A common thread for most of us is to reminisce our “glory years” as a teenager, or cling to very painful experiences that keep us chained to heartache and humiliation.
Think about this, as we age, we will talk about the “good old days” as though they were actually better then the “disappointing NOW”. We often embellish the past as well as, use the future as a place where it will get better when something happens, when I meet “Mr. or Mrs. Right” etc.
Human beings are lower minded, lopsided thinkers who stay and remain in a state of illusion. We create fantasies about past and future to help us deal with the frustrating NOW.
The greatest gift you and I can receive, is to break out of the prison called the thinking mind and come to an awareness, that the present moment is the only place we can have ownership of. It's what is, here and now. Yesterday is gone forever, tomorrow is only a dream, but today well lived is our gift (the present)
Psychological time is the weight on our back. Spend a few moments wrapping your head and your heart around the messages above. To free yourself from this bondage, maybe one of the most important action steps you will ever take. Remember the more minutes in the day you can remain in gratitude and love for all that you have, the less time you will spend feeling depressive and despondent. The human being cannot be grateful and depressed at the same time!
Awaken every day and ask yourself “what are you grateful for”? Don't leave home without doing this exercise. Remember, “you're in the pain or you’re in the pain”. That’s not a misprint, the pain of discipline or the pain of regret! What most of us come to realize is that the pain of regret is always greater than the pain of discipline. So I emphatically beg you to do the work…(the discipline)
Lastly, “taking action steps of love and gratitude. It cures years of tears and bouts of doubts”.
Dr. Charles Berg