Yoga Teacher, Amateur Cyclist, and Clergy
blackwhitecupcake said:: what about all the psychological aspects that take part in the formation of “self”.Your answer made me realize that the way we experience reality depends on our past experiences, how we were brought up and the image we have of ourselves.
Lyndon:: Our past definitely shapes our experience of reality, but the idea of past is just another mental formation. It doesn't exist outside of the storehouse of our memory anymore than the future. So we don't have to be held hostage to it or bound by it. We can choose differently any time. We don't have to keep replaying the same old footage, reliving the same tired old dramas. We can see them for what they are, let go, and move on. There is only the present moment, as we perceive it.
“The past is history. The future is a mystery. And the present is a gift.”
“Your past is just a story. And once you realize this, it has no power over you.”
“We are not held back by the love we didn’t receive in the past, but by the love we’re not extending in the present.”
“Your life is out in front of you. What you’ve done is what you’ve done. You can’t change that. But you can move forward”
“We do not grow absolutely, chronologically. We grow sometimes in one dimension, and not in another; unevenly. We grow partially. We are relative. We are mature in one realm, childish in another. The past, present, and future mingle and pull us backward, forward, or fix us in the present. We are made up of layers, cells, constellations.”
“When your mind runs from the past and races to the future it forgets the present. And, the present is the balm that heals the mind of problems.”
“Be not the slave of your own past. Plunge into the sublime seas, dive deep and swim far, so you shall come back with self-respect, with new power, with an advanced experience that shall explain and overlook the old.”
“Not one tiny slice of that guilt will do anything to change a single thing in the past.”
“Look at the past and smile.. take the lessons and continue to move forward and grow. We’ve all been hurt. We were all young. Forgive.”
“Do not dwell in the past, do not dream of the future, concentrate the mind on the present moment.”