We — most of us — live in (and “as”) the linear past, moving into what we think is the future. However, this future is, for the most part, a projection or fabrication from the past, and when unusual things later pop up we arrange them to fit into our storage of narrow past recognitions. (These recognitions constitute what we “are.”) We can fool ourselves into thinking that we often live in the present — in some kind of here and now — but usually it is the clockwork past deluding itself. Self-understanding and critical self-awareness may go beyond the limitations of all this. Such understanding and awareness are not merely the result of some learned processes or taught techniques.
Existing in (and “as”) the Past…
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My Blog primarily consists of close-up nature photos (that I've taken locally) combined with original holistic-truth oriented prose and/or poetry involving mindfulness/awareness. I love nature and I love understanding the whole (not merely the parts and the details). I'm a retired teacher of the multiply handicapped. I have a number of interesting hobbies, such as fossil collecting, sport-kite flying, 3D and 2D close-up photography, holography, and pets. Most of all, I am into holistic self-awareness, spontaneous insight, unconventional observation/direct perception, mindfulness, meditation, world peace, non-fragmentation, population control, vegetarianism, and green energy. To follow my unique Blog of "Nature Photos and Mindfulness Sayings" and for RSS feeds to my new posts, please access at: tom8pie.com (On my regular Blog posting pages, for additional information and to follow, simply click on the "tack icon" at the upper right corner... or, on my profile page, you can click on the "Thomas Peace" icon.) Stay mindful, understanding, and caring!...
good point about past/future – the hope is that people can find a way to be present to now. Different for all of us – Nature does it for me and you too it seems
Perhaps… perhaps not.
I feel most alive when I can attune my “knowing” to the particular and the universal
Yes, but i prefer to call it “understanding,” not “knowing.” 😉
Hey there Tom! Another thought-provoking post my friend. You know, your message reminds me of this verse:
“That which hath been is now; and that which is to be hath already been; and God requireth that which is past.” – Ecclesiastes 3:15 (KJV)
I appreciate the connection of understanding, teaching, and learning. Have a FANtabulous evening my dear. 🥰🥂🤗
The Bible has a lot of deep wisdom to it (if one understands how to look)… especially the rejected Gospel of Thomas. (It was rejected by the Roman-appointed bureaucrats.) Hoping you have a super evening too! I’ll be spending some time with my two pet parrots; they are watching Wonder Pets on their own tv right now. 😉💙💚💜
“Eye” see you the mystery snail seems to say. You must have had to bend down very close to capture the eye Tom.
I didn’t have to bend down. He/she was in a 55-gallon aquarium of mine that is on a high wrought iron stand. 😃🐟