I like all the stuff about mindfulness, being in the now and quantum theory regarding time and our illusions. But prayer, birthdays, dreams and ancestor worship make it clear to me that there are no absolutes in the contemplation of time. I had a dream the other night about something that happened in the past. In my dream I basically rewrote what happened, or did I correct my perception of the past? Planning for a birthday is cool. We recollect the past, currently plan for the future and live now in the anticipation of the occasion. When I pray I give thanks for the past, pray for the future and am in prayer in the present. In ancestor worship we give homage to a persons life in the past, wish them well in the present and ask for their blessing in the future.
It is cool that my past experience will help to form how I act in the future. I cannot truly be in the now, because a nano second just pasted and I am immediately in the future without conscious knowledge that the past nano second has gone by or that the present nano second was in the future.
I wonder how come when I am just thinking of me, I still envision myself as I was 30 years ago.
Anger is interesting. Something happens that is now in the past, we are currently angry over it and the same anger will exist in the near future. Does anger know time?
Building a house that we currently live in and will tomorrow. Certainly the past methods of building us will effect the current and the future. Right no I feel sorrow for an event in the past. Does sorrow know time? What happens when you walk through the Grand Canyon and touch a 2 billion year old rock formation? If you chip away at the rock do you change what happened 2 billion years ago.
What of the idea the God is omnipresent?
So I disagree the past, the present (now) and the future are all one.