‘The greatest damage done by neglect, trauma or emotional loss is not the immediate pain they inflict but the long-term distortions they induce in the way a developing child will continue to interpret the world and her situation in it.
All too often these ill-conditioned implicit beliefs become self-fulfilling prophecies in our lives. We create meanings from our unconscious interpretation of early events, and then we forge our present experiences from the meaning we’ve created.
Unwittingly, we write the story of our future from narratives based on the past…
Mindful awareness can bring into consciousness those hidden, past-based perspectives so that they no longer frame our worldview.
Choice begins the moment you dis-identify from the mind and its conditioned patterns, the moment you become present…
Until you reach that point, you are unconscious.’ …In present awareness we are liberated from the past.”
― Gabor Maté