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My mind constantly streams thoughts of the past and the future. I look to the past for my identity and to the future for my fulfillment. Both are illusions. Only the present moment can free me of these illusions.

But how can I stop the constant streaming in my head? The key is to watch my thoughts with no comments or judgments.  I look at them as if I have no connection to them whatsoever. I am saying, “I am here and my thoughts are there.” When I dis-entangle myself from thinking, I take emotions out of my thoughts.

The curious thing is that when I dis-identify with my thoughts, they no longer drag me down the river of despair and anxiety. Thus, the past loses its power to control me and the future loses its promise to fulfill me. I become free.


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When I don’t run away from pain or suffering, I discover that things are not as bad as they seem. It was dreadful only because I saw one side of the issue. When I face the situation, I realize that there is also a benevolent side to it. Moreover, I get the resources and help needed to cope with the matter at hand.

I discover depth when I delve deeper into the problem instead of focusing on the surface appearance of forms. In doing so, I realize that the world is always balanced. There is bad, but there is also good. There is pain but there is also comfort. There is sorrow, but there is also joy.  The key is to look at the event in an open, non-judgmental way.

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When I feel the stillness within me, I am fresh and alive. There may be turbulence swirling around me in the form of drama, anxiety or stress, but I recognize it as energy movement passing through my existence. In the midst of it all, I am peaceful and calm. I am a detached observer watching the situation unfold.

It is during this period of alertness that right action happens through me. I am able to see clearly what needs to be done and I act on it. I am alert and open to all the possibilities the universe has to offer.

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The truth is within us. If we look for it anywhere else, we will be disappointed. It is not something that we find out there but something that we feel inside us. The reason we don’t feel it is because we are preoccupied with the thoughts swirling in our heads. We get pulled into the drama, stress, or problems. But when we are still, the truth bubbles to the surface.  Answers, intuitions, insights come to us easily. We are more likely to take right action when we act out of awareness than unconsciousness.

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When we don’t accept what is, we go against the flow of life.  We are in a constant state of unease. We regret what happened in the past and worry about what the future may bring. We are taken in by the thoughts swirling in our head. We tie ourselves into little knots that the life force within us is stifled. Energy can not flow freely within our body. It gets stuck somewhere in our being and manifests in diseases and maladies.

How do we free ourselves from the incessant chatter of our mind? We start by observing that we have a noisy mind. We watch the steady stream of ideas and opinions in our head with no comment or judgment. We allow our mind to be turbulent. The strange thing is that when we accept our mind as raucous, the noise within gradually lessens. Why? Because we no longer energize our thoughts with emotions. We have created space within ourselves and between our thoughts. We realize that things that were of utmost importance no longer matter that much when viewed against the background of space.

Gradually, we untie the knot. The energy that was stuck within us is freed. We feel vibrant and alive and are able to connect with all beings. We embrace life in all its abundance and glory.

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When we are in the midst of a conflict situation, we are overcome by negative emotions. Stories from our past flow into our pain, which creates more pain. We play the mental movie of “The Unhappy Me” over and over in our head.  We look at the situation from a pessimistic viewpoint and get a distorted view of life. We thus become overwhelmed that we feel there is no way out of our dilemma.

It is similar to catching a ball that somebody throws at us. We not only catch it, but we internalize it and let it become part of our self-image. We catch other people’s thoughts and make them our own, even if they are against our nature. Is it any wonder that we are stressed, depressed, irritable and anxious?

How do we free ourselves from mental distortion? We start by observing the negativity in us. We watch the stream of antagonistic thoughts conjured by the mind. We step back from the torrent of unfavorable concepts in our head. We create space within ourselves. Our pure, true self, which was buried underneath the pile of destructive thoughts, is able to shine through and connect us with everything that exists. We thus see the situation clearly and find a way out of our dilemma.

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Finding our balance



We live in a world that is balanced. There is sadness, despair, sorrow, unhappiness, anxiety. But there is also joy, peace, gladness, happiness, tranquility. But somehow we tend to focus only on the negative aspects of our lives rather than the positive ones.

We have lost our balance. We only see one side and neglect or forget the other side. We are taken in by the concepts in our head. We regret what happened in the past and fear what will happen in the future. Hence, we are blind to the freshness and abundance of the present moment.

How do we bring awareness into this moment? We start by observing ourselves. We feel the emotion that is running through our bodies. If right now we are feeling anxious, we feel this raw energy coursing through our veins. We don’t fight it. We watch it, we surrender to it. At first this is hard to do because the mind wants to take over our bodies, but we keep at it. Gradually, the momentum of the mind lessens. We then feel the stillness within our bodies.

And it is the silence within that brings transformation.  Why? Because we become an opening from which life flows through. We are able to move from one perspective to another and enjoy the play of forms. This is when sadness merges with joy, despair turns into peace, sorrow is transmuted into gladness, unhappiness is transformed into happiness, anxiety leads to tranquility.

When we live each moment as it is, we become balanced.