Living in the past-ure


We can’t change the past. And in a time of churning we certainly can’t guarantee the future — after all, how much of what is happening today could you have predicted ten years or even one year ago?

Even if you have the resources of a billionaire, a prime minister, a CEO, or the President of the United States you still can’t control everything. Nobody can.

Nobody can change the past. Nobody can predict the future. The best we can do is learn to live completely and fully in the now: in the past-ure.

When we do this we become free. We gain new energy.

As Alan Watts said:

“The meaning of the fact, you see, … that everything is dissolving constantly… That is allowing you that you don’t have to let go, because there is nothing to hold on to…
[And] any time you… voluntarily let up control… you have an access of power. Because [until then] you are wasting energy all the time in self-defence, trying to manage things, trying to force things to conform to your will.
The moment you stop doing that that wasted energy is available, you are one with the Divine Principle, you have the energy… [And it is] power with which you can be trusted.”

Between the past and the future is the past-ure.

Inner Leadership is a framework and a set of tools for learning to live and lead there.

For defining a vision that inspires you, in line with your purpose and values. And for knowing that no matter what the future holds, you will be able to adapt and change and thrive.

How much of your time do you currently spend reflecting on the past, worrying about the future, and living in the past-ure? Would you like to change that mix?

Adapted from Inner Leadership: tools for building inspiration in times of change.

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