I didn’t wake up in time to do a meditation before work so I had to wait until lunch time to get in the day’s first moments of purposeful stillness. I felt pretty great all day and was able to keep my mind clear and chest free from anxiety by just gently bringing myself back to the moment I was in.
Whenever I felt myself slip into a place of telling stories in my mind — stories about the past or stories about things that might happen in the future — I just let the thought go and focused on my breath.
Today’s meditation focused on exploring the difference between our true self, which is the source of all our love and happiness, and our learned self or ego, which is the source of our fear and suffering.
By letting go of self-judgment and assumptions about how other people view us, we are able to experience the truth of our essential nature.
When a sad or negative feeling came up today, I simply told myself that it was not real — a fantasy that I created in my head — and then I breathed into it and released it, replacing the thought with awareness about how I (my true core) felt inside my body.
And my true core feels healthy and happy and warm. It just gets covered up sometimes with stories and static that I create in my mind.
To be beautiful means to be yourself. You don’t need to be accepted by others. You need to accept yourself.
–Thich Nhat Hanh
I realized today that it makes ZERO difference what other people do. Their behaviors and words are related to their life, not mine. Creating back stories in my head (aka making assumptions) about why people behave in certain ways or say the things they say is a waste of my time. And it really doesn’t matter. They only thing that can affect me is how I feel about myself.
Other people’s realities are their own and it feels really good to let go of trying to label and/or control what the people around me do. It’s crazy how often I did this before.
† By staying present with each breath and true to my intuition, I will attract the right people into my life.