As we walk through life, it is so simple to assume that the outer world we are experiencing is all there is; that our biography and the roles that we play define us. Life has a way of playing cat and mouse with our moments. Each experience is placed in our time capsule, with captions written beneath the stories on our timeline. Our past becomes a reference point for the substance of our fabric. Without pause, the steps we have taken take form and we begin to identify with the script as our definition.
We are not the roles we play or the moments that have filled the pages of past. Who we are, should not be defined by our “story”, because that story is always changing; it is constantly being rewritten.
Our body, this gift we have been given, is granted meaning well beyond its purpose. We struggle with our appearance, wishing it were different; we look in the mirror and we believe we see “our self”. The vehicle that carried us as a child, a teenager, an adult-always changing and evolving into another form- can this inconsistency be our definition? Are we not doing ourselves a disservice by defining our selves by our physical structure?
We are not the vehicle that carries us through our story. Who we are, should not be interpreted as skin and organs and bones; an inconsistent and ever changing vessel.
The incessant chatter of our mind can at times be deafening. Is it acceptable to allow ourselves to be defined by our thoughts? It is the function of our mind and intellect to process the details of our lives in every second. Which experiences created pain, happiness, confusion or ecstasy? What pieces of our day matter and which have little or no relevance? Which files must be saved; which need to be discarded?
Our mind is our computer and it is perpetually scrolling and evaluating in an endless attempt to make sense of all of the details. It is our filing cabinet, our own special Siri, our data storage. The thoughts that flow, that we witness, are simply the system in progress.
We are not the thoughts in our mind; we are the one who listens.
We are more than the bones and flesh that carry us through our physical existence. So much more than the stories, and the thoughts that flow endlessly.
What truly defines us is pure consciousness, pure awareness, and pure spirit. Untouchable and forever in a place of peace. When we allow ourselves the space to step aside from the cacophony of life, we begin to connect from a place of truth.
The ability to lean into our desires is simplified when we discard previously held notions of our definition. As we begin to embrace our essential nature, we come closer to knowing who we really are, and in that knowing, we create the ability to fulfill our dreams.
Exploring the Law of Pure Potentiality:
Set aside time in your life to simply Be. Release the need to speak unless necessary, do not watch the news or read the paper. Do not check social media or your emails. Take a break from distraction. Choose to do this on a day that will allow you the opportunity to disconnect.
In our turbulent existence we very rarely, if ever, experience sincere silence in our waking lives. This lack of stillness within creates turbulence in our internal dialogue. By stepping into this exercise, you will witness this silence become profound. You will witness your internal dialogue begin to silence itself as well- because you, the choice-maker have decided that this silence is necessary and so the incessant chatter begins to, respectfully, step back and move out of your way.
Experience the field of pure silence, pure awareness in your life through meditation. When we meditate, it is not a practice of silencing the mind; it is the practice of disconnecting ourselves from the conversation. It does take some effort- that is why it is referred to as a practice. With proper guidance, this dance of consciousness becomes smooth and an appreciation of the process becomes uncomplicated. As our thoughts recede, we find our selves in the spaces in between. It is in our nature to seek the stillness of our mind and when we experience the self- awareness that stillness delivers, it feels natural and effortless.
You begin to hear your true voice, spoken from your heart and soul- unclouded by a world of interference.
Commune with Nature
Set aside some time to appreciate your home; the world around you – not the walls of your residence. Instead, step outside and appreciate the beauty of the day. Listen to the birds singing, notice the leaves being caressed by the breeze, the scent of the day, the warmth of the sun on your face. If you go to the beach, look around you. Notice human beings simply being Human; calmly connecting with the beauty of the ocean, walking along the beach, soaking in the sun, riding the waves, or playing along the shoreline. You will witness humans “Being” at home in their world. When we connect with nature we experience a feeling of belonging; of truly being home.
As we walk through our day in judgment, we constantly find ourselves evaluating all of our experiences as right or wrong, good or bad; classifying and labeling so much of what we experience. We often judge ourselves so harshly, telling ourselves redundant stories that weaken our ability to move out of our own way. We find ourselves judging others as well; people we love, people we pass in the street, friends, co-workers, strangers.
This continuous approach to label and judge creates unnecessary turbulence in our world and more importantly in our internal dialogue. It causes constriction and negativity, where there should be expansion and a positive flow of energy. The practice of non-judgment will alleviate the entanglement of your endless categorizing and release this constriction.
There is a prayer in the “Course of Miracles” that states: “Today I shall judge nothing that occurs.” Use that as your mantra when you catch yourself slipping into a place of judgement.
The concept of pure potential can only be realized if you offer it the space. It is in this space that you will visit your true nature and in response, receive unfiltered, creative thought.
A bird does not sing because it has an answer; it sings because it has a song. Chinese proverb
Inspiration and Interpretation based on The Seven Spiritual Laws of Success– Deepak Chopra
© 2017 Balance Your Life
Judy Banks, Chopra Center Certified Master Educator, Stress Management & Mindful Lifestyle Coach
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