Past

“Less and less memories will come as the time moves.  There will be gaps – you would like to relive something but nothing is coming – and those gaps are beautiful.  Then a day will come when you will not be able to move backwards because everything is complete.  When you cannot move backwards, only then do you move forwards.  Be finished with the past.  As you become freer from the past, the mountain starts disappearing.  And then you will attain unison: you will become, by and by, one.” ~ Osho, The Art of Living and Dying

“In Latin there is a dictum: agere sequitur esse – to do follows to be; action follows being.  It is tremendously beautiful.  Don’t try to change your action – try to find out your being, and action will follow.  The action is secondary; being is primary.  Action is something that you do; being is something that you are.  Action comes out of you, but action is just a fragment.  Even if all of your actions are collected together they will not be equal to your being because all actions collected together will be your past.  What about your future?  Your being contains your past, your future, your present; your being contains your eternity.  Your actions, even if all collected, will just be of the past.  Past is limited, future is unlimited.  That which has happened is limited; it can be defined, it has already happened.  That which has not happened is unlimited, indefinable.  Your being contains eternity, your actions contain only your past.” ~ Osho, Love, Freedom, Alonenss: The Koan of Relationships

“We may believe that mistakes have been made already and that we cannot go back to the past to change things. When we look deeply into the relative nature of time, we see that the past has created the present. If we seize the present moment with mindfulness, we are in touch with the past. We can actually go back to the past, while staying firmly rooted in the present moment, and heal the past. We forgive ourselves for our mistakes, knowing we didn’t have enough wisdom or the right conditions at that time to do better. We transform our regrets in the present into compassion and understanding, and in this way we also transform the past.” ~ Thich Nhat Hanh, Savor

“Nothing that had happened in the past could be taken away. This was an amazing gift. The past was done and over and settled; you couldn’t get it back, but still, whatever good you had gotten from it, spiritually, emotionally, would be yours for your lifetime.” ~ Nancy Werlin

 

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