“Live in the present, that’s all there is.”
I get what he means.
We can’t live in past time – it’s gone. Neither can we live in future time it’s not here yet. I also know, when I try and live in the past, it can often be about regrets, and when I try and live in the future it can be about what I have to get done: worry and angst whichever way I look.
To be present is critical to living life fully.
We can miss how “Now” is heavily nuanced with deep time.* When I realise this, I am able to visit both the past and the future to be more present now. I find I remember the past more healthily – such as when I realise my failures are things to learn from and grow, and I can shape a better future through foresight, intention, and love.
We all can learn to live in deep time: in the nowness each day brings I am learning to be more present, now.
‘The Self wishes to create to evolve. The Ego likes things just the way they are.’**