My mind is preoccupied with past thoughts.
We live in the past. At this time of the Covid-19 pandemic people continually say they wish things could be back to normal. They will never be normal again. Donald Trump’s 2016 campaign slogan was “Make America great again” but society has moved on and it can never go back and many even question whether it was ever great especially when it comes to race relations and the caste system which America was built upon.
One of the points of today’s lesson is that our souls are imprisoned by the past experiences on the path of the ego. Our souls were created for so much better things. We cannot enjoy the peace of the soul when we are living in the past and so we are encouraged, in this lesson, to recognize, and acknowledge how much of our mental energy is spent dwelling on the past rather than the peace of the present. As the Buddhists laughingly say, “Be here now.”
Unitarian Universalists covenant together to affirm and promote respect for the interdependent web of all existence. Another term for this might be “cosmic consciousness.” When we become attuned to the interdependent web the past has no meaning. The interdependent web is the portal to eternal bliss.