Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it

Fe reflects on the interplay of the past and our present experience, and the importance of being with all of what arises

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“Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it” Santayana

I was reminded of this quote recently, and it struck a chord. We hear so much about the benefits of living in the moment and being present now that it is perhaps easy to forget the wisdom that lies in reflection and contemplation. Spiritual traditions all involve a sense of this space to be still and quiet, and to be with ourselves right here, right now. What comes up when we do is often about the past, our past, our collective past, the realities of human experience...in many ways the past is very much with us. If you think about it, the only time we can experience the past from is now, as now is all we have.

I notice in both mediation and life generally that the patterns of the past are with me. Sometimes I am repeating them, unaware. Sometimes I am noticing them, and able to reflect on what is good to do. Sometimes I notice their absence, and this may be a matter for celebration, or for regret.

Our system continually offers us opportunities to heal. The wounds of the past will arise, as if asking, are you ready yet? Is it time to look at this now? Each time we cycle through a familiar pattern this is what is at play.

So, are you ready yet? Do you want to create space to remember then and there from the insight and grounding of here and now? If so, then psychotherapy may be for you.

Fe Robinson, Psychotherapist

Hi. I'm Fe, and I'm here to help you thrive, whatever life brings. I believe every client is unique, I work with you to help you explore, discover and grow in whatever ways are right for you. I work with a wide range of clients, both long and short term. I offer Psychotherapy, EMDR therapy and Couples Counselling to UK clients online and in Gainford, Co.Durham in North-East England. I am UKCP Accredited and an EMDR Europe Practitioner, and offer Clinical Supervision to counsellors and psychotherapists online and in person. Following a career in Organisation Development I became a therapist because it's my heart work. Before having my family and starting my private practice I worked in the NHS and mental health charities.