Would it be fair, for today, to remember that we were once, free, beautiful, succulent and joyous…without any troubles or worries?
Would it be fair , for today, to consider the forlorn rags of old age?
Forgetting has its uses, lest we carry with us the distractions and reflections of mental recordings and imagined outcomes.
Forgetting allows us to be present.
And forgetting is an exercise.
Our human minds are often drawn to remembering things that were learned in a hard way: Accidents, injuries, painful experiences, emotional trauma…… as well as seemingly joyous experiences, that perhaps now as they are just memories we are now sad for their passing, and long for them to return — this, too, is pain.
So, you see, to forget is not a defect of the mind, but more of a function of the mind to allow “seeing” and “listening” and “tasting” and “touching”.
Words like “tenderness” and “sweetness” and “home” and “comfort” come to mind when I no longer strive to be somewhere else. In other words, when I feel this way, I have forgotten about the other options of how to feel (….or “how life could have turned out.”)
Learning to forget all those things in the mind, and all those stored impulses and stories in the body is the meaning of presence and the meaning of healing.
Only through the practice of healing the body (by bringing peace to the body), does the antidote to the spiral of regret, hesitation, and doubt appear.
Let’s do our best to continue to seek healing in our bodies and in the world, by seeking peace in your own life.
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