Most folks don’t contemplate how “past” and “future” are happening right now. On some level when we are calm and contemplative, we do realize that all experiences are a series of unfolding present moments.
There’s like this agreement we all have about time, mostly because it’s useful. These concepts about time do serve a useful purpose, but when we make them ‘too real’ and by not getting that they are just part of our mental projections and part of our own process of thoughts, we create a sort of bondage. It’s a trap.
In this trap, we have companions called worry, regret, anxiety, and fear about the future.
Next time we find ourselves trapped with those companions, we can break out and shatter those boundaries of time. How? by settling down into the body and into the experience of this moment. When we settle down in this way, it is natural and quite easy to have the awareness that past and future are simply thoughts in the present. And it’s all they ever were or will be.
Instant detachment. It costs nothing; you need no equipment and you can do it anywhere.