I see only the past. What a concept to us if we are taking it as we have never read this lesson before. In fact, in this moment I am starting fresh and clean and not with 28 years of experience, right? Otherwise I am bringing the past into the moment!
I can see this with someone I briefly interacted with the other day. This person I had met once before and at that time was friends with someone that I had an adversarial relationship. Not so much on my part, but this friend had said at one time “I don’t like your personality,” among other unusual statements.
Anyhow, seeing this person again, not only did I remember what the friend had said and done, but even too this person seem rather rude to me. My mind started to question, to make assumptions and even judgments.
In all, I was not seeing this person as a new experience. I layered the past upon them. Amazing when I hardly even know this person at all besides two short encounters!
The rational Jesus gives us in regards to the cup helps us to see where we are heading. Once again don’t linger over analyzes the why’s and what for’s, just use the lesson as written.
I don’t see anything as fresh and new in the moment. I always have some attachment to the past. We will learn more about this as we continue our practice.
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