I'm just coming out of a retreat in Peru with my teachers. All week, we explored how memory can serve us... or get in the way.
Thankfully, we remember how to brush our teeth each morning, or how to find our way home at the end of the day.
Memory makes us efficient and is an incredible asset. It can also make our responses mechanical, if we're not mindful.
Bringing memories into the present moment means we've already decided how this plays out. We've given ourselves permission to opt out of the experience.
The truth is, each moment is unfolding in a completely new way. We have to dive into whatever is being offered up right now.
No matter how certain we may be of the outcome, we must recognize: That was then. This is now.
There's something new here for us to see. Even the places we've been a thousand times before.