Are thoughts in the past or future?

Thoughts are always here and now, like anything else. Nothing of who and what I am can not be here and now.

The content of thoughts can certainly be about the past or future and inevitably is. (Really, all thoughts seem to be about the past. Thoughts about the present are about what just passed. Thoughts about the future are usually thoughts about the past projected into an imagined future.)

When attention is caught up in thoughts, it can seem as if I am in the past or future. I may be lost in ideas about the past or future. I may find myself caught up in and apparently inside of that fantasy.

And when I notice that these are thoughts, attention is not lost in them anymore. They are recognized as thoughts that are here and now, just likely everything of who and what I am is here and now.

Image by me and Midjourney. A woman has several mental images, and notices they are mental images.


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ARE THOUGHTS IN THE PAST OR FUTURE?

Thoughts are always here, like anything else. Nothing of who and what I am can not be here and now.

The content of thoughts can certainly be about the past or future. Even thoughts about the present are about what just passed.

When attention is caught up in thoughts, it can seem as if I am in the past or future. I may be lost in ideas about past or future.

And when I notice that these are thoughts, I am not lost in them anymore. I notice them as thoughts that are here and now, just likely everything of who and what I am is here and now.

The content of thoughts can certainly be about the past or future and inevitably is. Even thoughts about the present are about what just passed. Since thoughts about the future are usually thoughts about the past projected into an imagined future, all thoughts really seem to be about the past.

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