. . . in the sight of God the past, the present and the future are all one and the same – whereas, relative to man, the past is gone and forgotten, the present is fleeting, and the future is within the realm of hope. (‘Abdu’l-Bahá, Selections from the Writings of ‘Abdu’l-Bahá, p. 207.
I love this idea that time is illusory. I often go down a well-worn rut of depression (self-pity for what happened to me in the past) or anxiety (a lot of fear about what’s going to happen in the future). My internal “chicken little” is always screaming “the sky is falling”! And of course, from a material perspective, it surely is.
But what’s happening on this plane of existence is not real. It’s not what matters. It’s just the breeding ground for our spiritual growth and development. Our souls are untouched by what’s happening around us. From a spiritual perspective, there is no time. There is only this moment, and in this moment, all is well. So when I remember, or am reminded by quotes such as these, that from God’s perspective, the past is gone and forgotten, I can breathe easier. I can press on with confidence, remembering that it’s always darkest before the dawn.
Remembering that hope lies in the future, I am calm, peaceful and grateful!
What jumped out for you as you read today’s meditation? I’d love it if you would share so we can all expand our knowledge of the Writings!
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