A lot of people are full of fear and anxiety at this time. And I get it, there is a real threat to people with weak/damaged immune systems. But guess what weakens the immune system? Fear and stress.
There are a lot of theories about the virus and I've been researching a bit into it out of curiosity but I feel like in the bigger picture, what's more important to talk about is how we choose to respond to it.
Peace of mind starts with recognizing what is in your control and accepting what isn't. What is in your control is managing your diet, exercising, sleeping well, *getting fresh air and sunlight* and paying attention to your thought patterns, because they filter your experience of life.
The more you resist and fear what happens in life, the more you become blind. And the more you accept and live in the present moment, the more you start to see the beauty of it all.
This whole situation has not only been incredible for the environment, but has also given the majority of the world a chance to step out of the hamster wheel of non-stop working- go go go mentality. It has given us the opportunity to slow down, reconnect with ourselves, and to be reminded of what is truly important.
Relax, stay healthy, and instead of resisting the solitude, see it as a blessing to help you reconnect with yourself and get creative.
Free yourself from yourself. This is a short freestyle spoken word piece I wrote today.
We are all operating under a personality/identity. When we meet people, the behaviour we show is like handing them your business card which identifies you.
Every time you meet up with someone, they expect you to behave according to that same identity, more or less. We give some room for small changes in behaviour based on emotions/situations, but generally speaking we expect each other to behave in a consistent identity.
Why? Because it's evolutionary. As long as you stay consistent in your personality, the people around you can predict your behaviour and reactions, which provides a sense of safety and security to them. Unpredictability is unsafe. So our minds are conditioned to stick to an identity (which is formed through a combination of many factors--nurture and nature).
99% of people live their entire lives without ever questioning whether the concept of a personality is actually the truth of what you are. We just assume that our personality is who we are at the deepest level.
But as you start to take your attention away from everything outside of you and turn it inward, you start to observe yourself in each moment and notice that you are acting. Always playing this character.
The fact that something deeper in you notices that you're playing this character proves that you are not this character. So what exactly in you recognizes that you're playing this character? This the question you have to find the answer to.
This character that you and your friends and family hold onto is limiting your experience of life. As soon as you recognize this secret, you start to burn away your limitations and grow into your true potential in this life.
Your actions stop coming from past conditioning. You act spontaneously in each moment. You don't need to maintain an image for other people. You genuinely say and do what you feel in your heart in each moment without the pressure you used to put on yourself for pleasing the people around you. You open yourself up to possibilities. You become more grateful and start to move in harmony with life.
The second you say, "I've left the old me. Now I've found my true self" is the second you start believing in a new self-image. In other words, it's the second you start a new cycle of deceiving yourself.
We go on defining and redefining ourselves our entire life. putting on mask after mask. not realizing who/what exactly is trying on all these masks. not realizing who/what is playing these roles in this play of life.
Think about who you were 10 years ago. Really think back and picture the person you thought you were back then.
Now think back 5 years ago. When you laughed embarrassingly at the 'you' from 10 years ago. If I had asked you 5 years ago "who are you?" you would've said "I have grown a lot, and now I've found myself".
But look at how much you've changed now from 5 years ago. If I asked you now, you would say the same thing. That you were young and a bit foolish 5 years ago but now you've found yourself and that this is the real you.
The wise realize that self-images change, beliefs change, and personalities change--and so they drop these concepts completely. If you truly see this, if you know this, you will realize that what you are cannot possibly be defined by a personality.
There is no "real you" that you unlock when you improve yourself to the right degree of confidence, skills and personality traits. So I'll save you a lifetime of searching for, and trying to become this perfect self. It doesn't exist.
So then what is the truth of who/what you are? If not a personality, then what exactly are you? This becomes obvious as you empty yourself. Empty of any self-image, empty of beliefs, empty mind in each moment.
Be empty and observe, with this question silently in your heart, as you move thru each moment of life. If your search is true, you will find true inner peace.
Why is it that inspiration always comes at the most random times?
Like when you're sprinting 'cause you're hella late, or when you're hands are full of dish soap and you're scrubbing away...
I feel like it's a game the universe plays with you. Like yo, imma throw some incredible inspiration/creativity at you, but at the most random times. And you're gonna have about one second to capture it in some way before its gone, forever.
Oh and it's not just one thing, it's a wave that comes. Like a live speech that has already started, and I gotta bust out a typewriter to keep up with typing the words, while listening to the speech as it's happening.
That's pretty much how every poem/verse of mine happens. Or at least that's how it starts. Once I write down a chunk of it, sometimes I'll go back and be inspired to add more to it. That's exactly what happened with this little verse.
Never thought I'd quote lil Wayne in my poetry posts but here's some deep bars from the man: "Life is such a f*ckin' rollercoaster, then it drops. But what should I scream for? This is my theme park. My mind shines even when my thoughts seem dark."
There's going to be ups and downs in life but don't get too caught up in them. Let this temporary journey of life be what it is without trying so hard to control it all the time. When you trust Life and start to simply observe with a quiet + empty mind, you'll start to notice the peace and blessings that were here all along.
You simply had your attention elsewhere so you couldn't see. You were too focused on talking to your mind about every little up and down in your life. Too busy trying to mitigate risks, analyzing, predicting, complaining, wanting more, etc. Too busy in your mind to see the peace and blessings that have always been right here with you.
Stressful situations, ruminating about the past, worrying about what might happen in the future.
These are mini storms that come, stay in your mind for a while, then leave. How big of a storm it is, and how long the storm lasts depends entirely on how much you entertain it.
The more you feed energy to these things (by thinking about them), the stronger and longer the storm. The less you allow your mind to feed these, the sooner they will starve and die off.
The only issue? All this thinking is mostly subconscious. When you're stressing about something or ruminating on something that happened, you get pulled into an almost literal 'train' of thought and 15 minutes later, you snap out of it and realize you've been staring blankly at the ground the whole time. Where were you for those 15 minutes? It's like you were just dreaming in your mind and then you suddenly wake up and come back to this moment right here, right now, aka reality.
As you practise pulling your attention back from these thought storms and just keeping your attention here in this moment, you will start to "snap" out of them faster because your awareness of your thoughts will allow you to catch yourself doing it, faster. And as you continue to do that, you will see that these storms have no power without your attention feeding them. You will see that they are insignificant and you may even laugh at yourself for being silly and taking these thoughts so seriously.
Continue to be aware of your attention and how it automatically wants to be carried away by these train of thoughts. And return your mind back to silence each time.
Bhudda was asked "what did you gain from meditation?" He replied, "Nothing. But let me tell you what I lost: anger, anxiety, depression, fear of death, insecurities."
There is an ancient secret of life hidden in this question. Where do thoughts come from? The second before that thought popped into your head, where was it? If you say thoughts don't come from anywhere except our own memory/brain, then I ask you: what about the hundreds of completely random thoughts you have everyday that have nothing to do with anything you've ever experienced before? Where do those thoughts come from? Is there a database of random thoughts that are stored in your brain and your brain randomly generates one every 2 seconds? Obviously this is not the case.
No need to go digging deep into scientific papers because you will not find the answer there. If you are a true seeker, you can do an experiment right now to find the answer. For the next 2 minutes, just sit quietly. And observe any thoughts that pop up in your mind. The first 2 thoughts might be something like: "this is kinda weird, i can hear myself speaking in my head.." or "Ok.. so now what?" Hear these and recognize these as thoughts and go back to just being silent in your mind, observing. In about 10-15 seconds, one thought after the other will come. Every time you hear/notice a thought in your head, look into where it came from before it popped into your mind. Whoever continues this experiment and truly searches, will find an incredible discovery that will free you from your suffering.