When we awaken as pure awareness, we are naturally and effortlessly in the present.
This awareness, here and now, can never be in the “past” or “future”. It can only be in the present. We can get absorbed into thoughts about past and future, but that too is in the present.
So when there is this awakening, and a more stable resting as awareness, then we can freely engage in thoughts and abstractions about past and future, all the while being effortlessly and naturally present – with the thoughts and whatever else happens here now.