Despite what you may have heard, you CAN think of the past and still be mindful.
Here’s how to do it:
BE WITH aÂ memory as it unfolds, without trying too hard… or expending too much effortÂ to make it vivid.
Take your time as youÂ recreateÂ the episode in the present moment… without getting so caught up in it that you lose track of yourself in the here and now.
If you find yourself trying to cling to or mourn the fact that the incident is part of your past, make a conscious effort to go back to a simple awareness of “what happened.”
Savor whatever isÂ happening RIGHT NOW as the memoryÂ enters your consciousness in the present moment. Objectively observe it, search for distinguishing features of the sights, sounds, tastes, smells, and textures of the time.
Notice how your body feels, what thoughts are present, and which emotions are salient and relevant to you now.