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By Amos Joshua Espolon
“I’m simply saying that there is a way to be sane.
I’m saying that you can get rid of all this insanity created by the past in you.
Just by being a simple witness of your thought processes.
It is simply sitting silently, witnessing the thoughts, passing before you. Just witnessing, not interfering not even judging, because the moment you judge you have lost the pure witness. The moment you say “this is good, this is bad,” you have already jumped onto the thought process.
It takes a little time to create a gap between the witness and the mind. Once the gap is there, you are in for a great surprise, that you are not the mind, that you are the witness, a watcher.
And this process of watching is the very alchemy of real religion. Because as you become more and more deeply rooted in witnessing, thoughts start disappearing. You are, but the mind is utterly empty.
That’s the moment of enlightenment. That is the moment that you become for the first time an unconditioned, sane, really free human being.”
The moments in between, the dull moments.
The timestamps within your life that do not have people in the background where all you have is yourself.
Most people take it for granted. They open up their phones, their laptops and just go about in ignoring these moments.
In a world filled with noise, issues and information, it would be all too easy and convenient to just drown yourself with living and running at pace with everybody else that you fail to examine yourself and ask the “why’s, how’s and what’s?” in your life.
I believe that no other juncture gives you the time to analyze and look at yourself more than you do when your alone.
Silence is true wisdom’s best reply.
Lately I came to realize that the silence, the blankness and inactivity, whether it be in the evening on a sleepless night or in the morning when you’re just about to have coffee, or even within any time frame that you are all alone, matters.
It’s the pauses, it really is. And as little and as dull as they may be, they are the moments that life allow us to stare and see our lives in light of what our deep desires, emotions, and beliefs truly are.
Are you having any issues with people, your job, your family, your relationship, with yourself?
When was the last time you stopped, paused and meditated about yourself, what your doing with your life, your passions, your goals, the people you have been blessed with, the things you currently hold dear or the things that are developing around you?
You see, all of us, though different in shape, form, belief, goals and undertakings all have something in common and that is our capacity to choose, to decide and to live through use of the time we have been given.
We will all equally in one way or another go to far, miss or fail at approaching and pursuing what it truly is that makes us who we are, our passions and desires. At the most basic level we all have a default to just speed thru life and just jab and go after what makes us feel happy or what makes us feel alive and there’s nothing wrong with that. What’s wrong and what some if not a majority of us fail in doing is to question, to dig deep within ourselves in asking asking if what we have, what we’re pursuing, what we are holding on to and what we are choosing (or ‘chose’ if we have a past decision that is relevant to our life right now) is in line with who we are .
Who are you? Who am I?
It’s a question that we all share since we first opened our eyes and took our first breath.
One of the most important questions, unique to every indiviual, it would take a whole lifetime to answer it. It would be the sum of a countless number of decisions, choices, people we took in and people that left our lives. Moments. Memories.
Ultimately the answer you’d give yourself would come at the final moments before you fade away when you look back in retrospect at the life you’ve lived.
So how are you living so far?
Please don’t fail to stop every now and then. Redirect, analyze, ask yourself questions, the quality of your thought process and decision making depends on it.
Talk to yourself. No one knows you more than you do.
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