My mind constantly streams thoughts of the past and the future. I look to the past for my identity and to the future for my fulfillment. Both are illusions. Only the present moment can free me of these illusions.
But how can I stop the constant streaming in my head? The key is to watch my thoughts with no comments or judgments. I look at them as if I have no connection to them whatsoever. I am saying, “I am here and my thoughts are there.” When I dis-entangle myself from thinking, I take emotions out of my thoughts.
The curious thing is that when I dis-identify with my thoughts, they no longer drag me down the river of despair and anxiety. Thus, the past loses its power to control me and the future loses its promise to fulfill me. I become free.