Do You Know Who You Really Are?

“To meet everything and everyone through stillness instead of mental noise is the greatest gift you can offer to the universe.” Eckhart Tolle

We are not free until we have discovered who we really are.

We are not touch with who we really are until we have broken out of the routine, monotonous conditioning of our overthinking and confines of our thoughts.

Thoughts in and of themselves are limiting — most of the time they become the mental noise that pervades the space in which we inhabit.

This constant mental noise distracts us from actually being present to life, present to ourselves and we live and walk in a trance, blinded to our own thinking mind that is constantly analyzing, judging, blaming, scheming, planning.

The filter of mental noise blocks us from this divine perceptivity, wisdom and creativity.

We are most “ourselves” when we exist beyond the realm of thought and in the realm of inner stillness, openness, and compassionate, unconditioned awareness.

Too often we identify with that which is not ourselves. How we perceive ourselves in the eyes of others and base our worth on whether they can provide some sort of affirmation. The most compelling substrate we use for this is money because money equals power in our culture.

We recognize who we really are when we stop identifying with our thoughts and step out of that mindspace of thinking and into that eternal presence and awareness that is love.

We forget and fail to live and miss out each day that we forgo to live with presence because we have too much to worry about in the future.

We tell ourselves that only when we have greater security and money, only then will we be able to be present. We tell ourselves that today just isn’t a good day and that we are too busy to take the time to be aware, to smile at another person, to open the door for someone.

Are you consumed by your thinking mind and does it control you? Or are you free of your thinking mind, do you life with thoughtless awareness, unburdened by the need to cling to an identity that is constantly seeking itself through the world?

Practice presence exercise:

What are some routine things that you do everyday that you can make into active meditations? Any activity can be an active meditation when we bring presence and awareness, a blank mind, to whatever we are doing.

The daily activities I enjoy bringing greater awareness to include driving, brushing my teeth, working out, washing dishes, and eating meals.

Instead of making presence a black or white duality in our life, we can gently and compassionately incorporate it into each of our daily activities until it becomes a habit we don’t even think about.

3 Steps to Stop Worrying

“I’ve had a lot of worries in my life, most of which never happened.” -Mark Twain

Worrying is not a bad thing, it is the mind’s natural way of dealing with uncertainty, fear, doubt and the unknown. It is the brain’s natural coping mechanism.

However, there is a much more peaceful way of living.

Because no one can ever predict and be certain of anything, because the future does not yet exist and uncertainty is the only thing in life that is really certain.

And if you really think about it, thinking repetitively about anything, whether it is in the past or the future, gets you nowhere but the here and now, ironically.

Here are some simple steps to stop ruminating and start being:

1). Nonjudgment

Don’t judge yourself for worrying–just notice your thoughts. When we take judgment away from the equation, compassion arises.

2.) Nonresistance

Don’t resist your thoughts. Instead of forcing your thoughts of anxiety to go away, just notice them. Notice them like the clouds in the sky, for that is all that thoughts ever are, just thoughts, not reality. When you notice your mind worrying, allow space consciousness and awareness to wrap around your thoughts. However, forcing yourself to stop worrying won’t work. Our minds don’t work well with force and/or punishment.

3). Notice the mind beneath the thoughts–the arising of compassion.

That mechanism beneath your own awareness of your thinking mind, that is the real you. When you connect with the deeper, inner spaciousness beneath the thinking mind, you have touched upon your true essence, which is presence–this moment itself.

The mind will always wander and have a “mind of it’s own.”

Worrying is your mind’s way of saying, “hey, i don’t know what to do about such and such in the future. Help!”

You can allow your mind’s toiling to be an issue that drives you mad, which for many people it does. Or, you can see it as an opening, an opportunity to delve deeper into what’s going on beneath your thinking.

Subconsciously, you may be resisting the moment because of some fears you are holding onto.

What are these fears? Why are you running from through excessive thinking?

Your mind is the messenger. Look deeper, look within for the message.