“I see the past in everything. Nothing in this moment has meaning.”
Again, scan the space around you neither purposely including or specifically excluding any item. As you pass an item with your gaze that makes you “feel”, stop on that item briefly recognizing the connection it has to your past. Be vigilant of the slightest shift as you move from item to item.
“I see the past in ___. In this moment ___ has no meaning. All the meaning that ___ has I continually assign from the past to this moment.”
I am choosing to use the past in every moment to create this moment. I am using the experience of this past to give meaning to this moment without living this moment.
“I see the past in this photo. In this moment this photo has no meaning. All the meaning that this photo has I continually assign from the past to this moment.”
“I see the past in this tea cup. In this moment this tea cup has no meaning. All the meaning that this tea cup has I continually assign from the past to this moment.”
If connection of the past to this moment brings me joy without effort then connection to the past with this moment can bring me pain without effort. Nothing in this moment has meaning. I see how I use the past to create my now. I see how holding my past keeps me out of my now. This behavior is a choice and can be understood. Releasing attachment, my thoughts about the past, my moments, things I have been told to hold important, gives me space to see my world as I choose in this now.
Repeat as many times as you need to see the separation from the past to this moment.