Seeing through eyes focused on the past or future is as though one is blind. The Conditioned Mind makes one think they see, but it’s only in the present moment that the puppeteer strings of the past and future are cut.
There are so many more benefits living in the present moment as compared to living in the past or future, it’s amazing that this isn’t realized by more people, if it was the world would be so different because greed, hate, and delusion would fall by the wayside. This would occur naturally because when one lives in the present moment, most of, if not all the nonsense of the Conditioned Mind also falls away, at least this has been my experience. There’s very little attachment in the present moment and to be without attachment is to be without burden. Life still happens in the present, but without attachment it’s allowed to be as it is and along with accepting life as it is, there’s the freedom of not being concerned with nonsense.
This shouldn’t be mistaken for not caring because there’s much more compassion living in the present moment than living in the past or future, it’s just that the nonsense is recognized for what it truly is so this produces less unnecessary reactions. It’s a little baffling why the present moment isn’t everyone’s default way to live because living in the past or future isn’t beneficial in any way. It’s the cause of why there’s so much greed, hate, and delusion in the world, and yet the past and future are blindly clung to. I can tell you this from experience, once living in the present moment is understood and experienced there’s no way a person will not want to stay there because the fallacy of living anywhere else is exposed. And what’s exposed is seeing the dead end of a life of greed, hate, and delusion.
It’s unfortunate that living in the present moment is so fleeting, but until the outside reaching for things isn’t needed, the present will not be experienced; only the nonsense of the past and future will be experienced. Outside circumstances will continue their onslaught of control and the past and future will remain as the puppeteers that they are. Only in the present can true freedom be experienced and what that freedom manifest as is in no more attachment or clinging to a self that only see things through the eyes of the past or future.