The truth about the past is simply that it has passed. This means that our experience of each moment — for its pleasure or pain, peace or trouble — is a direct reflection of what we are in relationship with in the present.
Our attention connects us to life; it establishes our relationships with all that unfolds around and within us. Our experience of life reflects these relationships just as a rainbow reveals the different colors of light. This means that, whenever resentment or regret darkens our day, there’s only one reason for our sorrow: we’ve been tricked into revisiting and reforming an unconscious relationship with some misery-making moment from our past. We’ve simply made a bad connection within ourselves, due to a temporary lapse of attention… [to be continued]