We carry time within us.
Sometimes, a simple smell, sound, or sight can transport us to another time –
a time long ago, but a time we still carry within ourselves.
Somehow, the present moment can bring the past right into focus. In the midst of this, we feel connections to previous moments and people who were a part of them. We even experience this in our bodies. The past makes itself known in our feelings and physical sensations.
All of this is true
in our very best memories and connections,
in our relationship to grief and loss, and
in our experiences of trauma.
Time travels so easily because we carry time within us. This is part of being human.
But we are not solely passive agents in the midst of this. We can make some choices about how we bring time to ourselves. We can build connections between moments, and these connections can give us ahas of insight. We can make space to feel our emotions. We can honor people who have died. We can allow time to speak to us and make new meaning for the present.
We can be a Mediator. We can facilitate communication between past and present — toward healing, toward insight, toward laughter, toward joy.
Then speaks to Now,
Now speaks to Then,
Older and younger versions of ourselves are in communion.