There are numerous therapeutic perspectives related to time orientation. Some follow the approach to ignore the past, and focus on the present moment and future, where as others would contend that any distress and neurosis we experience is based on unresolved conflict from the past, and must be dealt with.
I believe there is some truth and benefit to each of these philosophies, and that each time frame of the past, present, and future can impact how we think, feel, and act.
Our past experience impacts who we are today, and who we are today impact the goals we set and expectations we hold about the future.
Examining how emotions relate to our perspective on time can offer some valuable insight about how to improve our mental health and experience greater positivity.
Heal your past
Our past has a major impact on the person we become, though often at an unconscious level. Being involved in coaching I tend to help clients focus on the present and future without processing the past too deeply, though the past cannot be disregarded.