If you desire to escape the limits and tortures of your egoic mind, eventually you must realize the following:
You are not your thoughts.
You are not your beliefs or your emotions.
You are not the "person" or image that you portray to the world every day.
You are not even the person that you tell yourself that you are.
Your deepest true self can best be described as the awareness behind all that was mentioned above.
Few of us are directly in touch with our true selves or awareness. For me it comes in short durations.
Begin by detaching your "self" (awareness) from the monkey-mind's chattering thoughts.
Notice and be aware of your thoughts. Most of your beliefs are filled with self-doubt or delusion that will disappoint.
Eventually you will begin to realize that you are not your thoughts.
Self-honesty is painful.
Self-honesty begins by actually becoming aware of the layers upon layers of self-deception (ego).
Devote your life to truth and freedom.
It will be painful and difficult at first, just as physical exercise or any other new endeavor is at first painful.
In the end it is liberating, releasing us from fear.
Meditation/mindfulness/spiritual practice -whatever you want to call it - must be practiced every day or you will slip and continue to suffer.
“There is nothing more important to true growth than realizing that you are not the voice of the mind - you are the one who hears it.” ~ Michael Singer - The Untethered Soul
"What a liberation to realize that the 'voice in my head' is not who I am. 'Who am I, then?' The one who sees that." ~ Eckhart Tolle - A New Earth, Awakening to Your Life's Purpose
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Posted by Dan Garner