Simply be who you are at this moment. If you are cold, be cold. Hot? Be hot. Sad? Be sad. Thinking, anxious, mad, whatever! Just be that. Listen to it all, feel it all. Be IT all. Acceptance is key at this point. You cannot “be it all” without acceptance of what is. Once you accept what is, which is to say what is true or what is actually being experienced, an inner peace will take over your entire being. If this is not done you will stay trapped within your thoughts and deny the moment, hiding away in fear.
Remember, you change with the moment. You move (and yet stay) with your environment, you shape and create each other (even though there is no “each” or “other” for it is all one process). You are not something separate to experience, you are experience itself. The moment is spontaneous and so are you. The best way to put this is to use as little and as simplistic words as possible for the moment is undefinable…
I just added this to my blog. You can check it out here: http://ericsglobalconnection.blogspot.com/2013/09/short-insight-on-life.html
@blankey, don’t have much to add. Agreed. In the end, much guidance is to be found in quotes and words of wisdom, but it seems the ultimate truth resides in a kind of state of allowing, to flow like water, to just let go and breathe and be and do. I especially loved this: “You are not something separate to experience, you are experience itself.”
Oh, I have something to bring up there. How do your change your mind, the way sou have been thinking for all your life to think this way? How is that possible? Especially with me, as I am calculating everything, anything. I am right now calculating the chances of your answer being “no clue”, as I am in the same time (yes, exactly the same time, somehow I sometimes manage to think two thoughts at once) thinking about my chances of this reply not working again after five reloads on this cr**** phone.
@viner-cent, You can’t calculate life. The more you calculate, the more you realize you obviously can not put everything into consideration. Life is mysterious and is unknowable, and yet knowable.
The key is to live in the unknown and accept it. Be spontaneous. Read my other blog posts I go into detail on some of them.
@viner-cent, “How do your change your mind, the way sou have been thinking for all your life to think this way? ” I don’t think it’s possible to change the mind with logic and reason. It’s best, at least for me, to put logic and reason aside and search for our intuition, then the mind will slowly grow into something different.
@komacarpe, I’ve been trying to work this out too, in trying to help a friend. But I’ve just come to realise that it’s actually very simple… Sadness isn’t the cause of depression, sadness is the depression itself. Accepting the underlying feelings of the sadness – your poverty, your guilt, your loss, whatever’s there – is what’s to be aimed for.
Accepting what is has to come before changing it
@komacarpe, Accepting that it is there is part of it. Notice the depressing thoughts you are currently having. Meditate, be aware of what IS. “Shine the light” of your consciousness to your thoughts that are causing your depression. Go in with no fear. Once you notice the thoughts, notice how you can actually NOTICE the thoughts as if they WEREN’T yours. They aren’t. However, “you” want to be depressed. Well, not you…but your ego, which is you…sort of. Now… after a while, you can “catch” yourself in the ACT that is depression, the thoughts you are having. You won’t want to face yourself in the act, but you are powerful and control your consciousness, so shine away. Once done, laugh about it. Notice how they still go on, and just laugh at yourself. The mind is void. All goes back to nothingness. Don’t try and talk yourself out of the thoughts, they will create nonsense. Simply watch them passively, coming and going back into the void from which all flows from. :)
Also, be aware that if you desire things in life, you will disappoint yourself and in-turn suffer. You can’t have good without bad. They are one in the same, completely relative. You create what is “good”. A sunset could be “good” for me and “bad” for you. Start being that inner observance of the mind that truly is you and the entire universe. Be IT All and let it BE. :)
@blankey, Thank you for this post. Your views coincide with mine almost perfectly. The only thing that exists is the present moment. Right now. The past and future are just thought patterns inside of your head and time is an illusion. By acceptance of what is, you are letting life live itself through you. If there isn’t acceptance, enjoyment or enthusiasm in absolutely everything you do, then you should not do it. These are the three modalities of awakened doing. Once people become aware that they are not the thoughts that exist inside of their head, but instead are the awareness that is aware of those thoughts, a greater intelligence will then begin to flow into everything they do. Unfortunately most of the world is still very unconscious.
I awoke to find that the rest of the world is still asleep. – Leonardo Da Vinci
@blankey, I feel like you expressed two different things in the begging and later on in the post since being something and experiencing something isn’t the same thing at all (ex. being the fear versus watching oneself experiencing the fear)
@blankey, “Simply be who you are at this moment. If you are cold, be cold. Hot? Be hot. Sad? Be sad. Thinking, anxious, mad, whatever! Just be that. […] You are not something separate to experience, you are experience itself.” – that’s the being x (being the emotion, thought, experience)
“Once you notice the thoughts, notice how you can actually NOTICE the thoughts as if they WEREN’T yours. They aren’t. […] Simply watch them passively, coming and going back into the void from which all flows from. ” – that’s watching oneself experiencing x (watching yourself having these thoughts, emotions)
Now, I just found that interesting (or contradicting?) because I used this method of mindfulness described in dialectic behavioral therapy when suffering from anxiety and overwhelming emotions from ptsd. The key was to watch yourself experience terrible feelings, and not BE them – being them is letting anxiety or terror become you and essentially rule you in the moment so you lose control over who you are and the overwhelming emotion takes over, damaging your life. Watching yourself experiencing or reliving an emotion allows you to have peace because it doesn’t overwhelm you, bloating your “inner center” out of place and replacing it with destructive experience having its way.
@blankey, you’re feeling them but you’re aware that you are feeling them. Feeling them without awareness is letting the emotion define your existence – that you are terror or anxiety (versus you are feeling terror or anxiety). I guess it’s a bit hard to understand, but think of last time a very strong emotion came over you and you acted irrationally before you became aware of what is happening. Road rage, for example, can literally take over a person and become them momentarily.