Most of us carry a heavy baggage of past and future all the time. We have lost things (money, house, possessions) or persons (friend, spouse, child, parent) over a period of time. It seems that we lose a bit of ourselves when we lose things or people. We beat ourselves up over the mistakes we made in the past. We are anxious of what the future will bring. We are preoccupied with past and future that we don’t acknowledge the present moment. Our problems can be summed up in this way: we believe other people’s thoughts and opinions and make them our own. We are not ourselves so we are unhappy and stressed. Our pure, true self–the self that is untouched by anything or anyone– is buried deep down and can not come through because of the thick layers of negative emotions that reside in our bodies. These toxic emotions poison us so we become sick emotionally, mentally, and physically.
How do we get rid of this baggage, this weight that we carry around for years that causes sickness? We start by accepting what is happening to us at the present moment. We leave things and people (including ourselves) alone. We don’t demand that this, that or the other conform to the rigid expectations of our mind. We allow things to happen so the mind stops thinking and we become free of it. We understand that space is created in our lives through the loss so the universe can come in and take care of us. We let go of the baggage and become connected to our true self, that which is at one with everything and everyone. We experience the beauty of the present moment.