If the past and future did not exist, we would live every day without any points of reference.
For each task there is an associated memory from the past or a task to be completed in the future.
So, do we really live in the present or are these only associations from the past?
I ponder deeply about this because every single time I smell mangoes, I am transported back to childhood, whenever I listen to eighties’ music, my high school days come to mind.
So where is the now in these moments?
Again, most things I do today are with tomorrow in mind. I plan this, I plan that.
So then, what is ‘the here and the now’, without these associations ? Lots of books on dealing with stress talk about letting go of the past and focussing on the present and not worrying about the future.
I know there is a difference between tasks to be completed in the future vs. worrying about the future; as also the difference between reminiscing about the past vs. allowing it to haunt your present.
But I am still left wondering if one can have a here and a now with no trappings of the past or the future.
Would love your views on this.