One really satisfying benefit of being present is freedom from the past. If you are fully immersed in what is happening right now- the rest is history. Rumination, as with future thinking, robs you of the moment you are living. People talk about wasting time. But never mind the construction detour on the way to the airport. That’s nothing compared to the life sucked out of us from habitual self-referential processing. This automatic human default mode is sure to kick in until you kick it to the curb.
True, one might choose to spend the present moment in reflection. It’s the intention and awareness that makes the difference between a mind that serves you and a mind that controls you. If engaging in past thinking is not in your favor right now, why let what WAS eclipse what IS?
“Finish each day and be done with it. You have done what you could. Some blunders and absurdities have crept in; forget them as soon as you can. Tomorrow is a new day. You shall begin it serenely and with too high a spirit to be encumbered with your old nonsense.” –Walph Raldo Emerson