The body does not know the next breath. It is not able to go back to the breath a minute go, much less five years ago. The body can only be in this breath.
Imagine if we could take that lesson into our thoughts, words, experiences, and actions. We would no longer hold onto the past and we would not seek fulfillment in the future. Instead, we would graciously look at the very moment of existence that is ours, in this moment and in this breath.
Our words that were spoken in haste would not be replayed in our minds. Our childhood experiences that brought pain would not be held with attachment in the present. Our experiences that are perceived as challenges would not be the mud that our feet stay stuck in.
Freedom would exist. Freedom to live without the constraints of the past and the expectations for the future.
Freedom. Breathe in and breathe out.