Don’t wait for amazing things to happen. You are already amazing, beautiful, powerful. You have everything you need to be bigger than life, higher than the sun, and more powerful that the waves that roar in from the ocean. This is all a perfect experience. You are in it. You are it. The whole world is inside you.
And I love you.
The mind is a tricky animal. I compare it to a dog on a leash. At first, the untrained mind goes in every direction. It has no focus, it runs in every direction. It pulls you where it wants to go. At first you cannot fight it, you just hold on and let yourself be led by its pull.
Then something happens in your life and you’re forced to reconsider. Maybe you’ve been ill or lost someone that was close to you. You suffer a shock and want to change because you can no longer live the way you do. So you decide to work on yourself and notice how much your untrained mind is making you suffer.
You begin to notice patterns. Like the dog on the leash, you notice the way your mind behaves. In certain periods, it pulls you one way. Other times it slows, before revving up again without any notice. This is a revelation because you always thought that it was you that served the mind but in reality, it is your mind that should be serving you. You hold the leash a little tighter as you ponder this discovery. You want to know more.
Then you discover tools, like yoga and meditation. You meet people who are on a similar quest and with the same intentions. As you explore your inner world you find strength, perfection and a desire to know more about who you really are. So you practice, and you are patient, and then one day when you are really really present something magical happens. You know that the leash is still in your hands, but you can no longer feel it. Your mind goes where you want it to, you are in sync with the animal.
Be the master.
A big hug to you.
The world sends tests. I know better than to micro-manage them, I know better than to dive inside them and try to figure them out. But there are times that I do, and I hurt, and I bleed a little and I feel that sinking pain inside that knows me well - it knows just where to strike me, how to stop me in my tracks.
The funny thing with pain, is that it knows you better than you know yourself. It knows the fragile corners of your mind, it knows the aching parts of your belly, it knows that if you welcome it inside you, it can do whatever it wants until you hit the ground and cry.
So what is it with pain, how can we stop it, how come it has a free pass to come in?
Because we think it is OUR mind. We think it is OUR body. We make that “my” connection with mind and body. And what happens when we make that connection? We get the good, the ups, but we also get the bad, the downs.
Would we say the sun is ours? Would say the trees are ours? The clouds? The animals that swim the waters and walk the earth?
It is the same thing with the body and the mind. They are not us. They are only things that we choose to connect with, to make a relationship with. Of course we must take care of them, keep them healthy, feed them the right things like good thoughts and energizing foods. But they are not ours, they are only things to observe, to respect and to care for.
So when there is pain inside, we think it is our pain. Instead, we need to just observe it. And then, like magic, it dissolves. An awareness, an observation that it is not ours, like a fawn sipping from a river or the moon shining on someone’s face. We are all one, but nothing belongs to us. Things just are.
Such a being who is weary of the charms of this world drinks the nectar of the Absolute and attains tranquility within. - Tukaram Maharaj
I send you the biggest hug my friend.