“There was never a time when your life was not now, nor will there ever be.” The Power of Now by Eckhart Tolle
Past and future are only ideas in the mind. The mind perceives a past by retracing events and situations, but the mind does this in the present. The future is the mind’s prediction of how things might be in a reality that will never be. It would be impossible for the mind to recall the past accurately or to predict what will be. There are too many variables.
Too much complexity exists in the realm of form. Too many unknowns in the imperceptibly small and infinitely large universe. Too many things out of our control. The mind may tell you otherwise, but past and future are beyond its power.
What we perceive as time is the movement of matter, the change in form. If you throw a frisbee, it moves through the air. As it does, it continues to exist in the present. This is how the planets move in orbit, how the cells in our bodies change, how things grow and then die. Matter simply moves and changes in the now.
So what? Why does it matter to pontificate about time? Because if you believe time is real, you are blind to all that is. You are someplace else. You are lost in the realm of what is not. This is the unawakened state. You are asleep, and it is kind of a big deal.
The solution is simple. Notice your breath. The objects in the room. The sound of the wind outside. The way the light reflects. The smells. Your emotions. The way you feel. The person before you in need of love and attention. The challenges arising that only you can solve. Stay here, on this level of awareness, even as you move through your day.
When you simply notice the now, you will find that you are a master. There is never a moment that you cannot handle; therefore, there is nothing to fear. We continue tomorrow and each day after that.