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How to forget our painful past?

We are here and it is now. Further than that, all knowledge is moonshine.
H. L Mencken

Some of us may think it’s selfish to be too concerned with the present. Shouldn’t we be thinking lofty thoughts or planning for the future?
And the past – don’t we have to get it in perspective?
There’s good sense in all that. But let’s remember we don’t live in the past or the future.
We do have painful memories and they are a real part of our present. But only a part, so that we don’t have to obsessively fill our present with the past to acknowledge our history.
We aren’t there; we’re here. It’s not then, it’s now, and always will be.
Learning to live in the here and now is a way of centering ourselves and bringing the world and other people into focus.
If we experience fully what’s happening at every moment, our lives will expand and deepen and become enriched by a vivid sense of being truly alive.

Say with me:
I don’t want to spend my life wishing things were different.
I am content to be who I am, where I am, now.


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