Which Way Are You Looking?
It's so easy to get caught up in thought. It happens in the blink of an eye, too fast to intervene. One minute we're rolling along, all pip and dandy, the next, the wheels have fallen off the bus. The world contained in that thought might be unpaid bills, or illness, or a relationship going wrong - in general, needing something. Needing something to be different. That thought brings with it a perception of lack and a feeling of limitation. And it hurts. There is no hierarchy here. It hurts whether you are an entrepreneur with a failed project, a sportsperson with a career ending injury, or a toddler with a lost teddy bear. No hierarchy. It hurts how it hurts.
Ever wondered why some people seem to go through events with calm and grace, when you might expect them to be sad, mad or bad? And it could look disproportionate to the situation? I don't mean folk trying to be okay, I mean genuine, deep down peace. Or have you felt it yourself, when the world is going crazy around you, but you are simply getting on with what is there to be done? There's one discriminator. Whether you are, in that moment, looking outward or inward. Looking inward is the dropping away of the outward conditioning that feelings are caused by circumstances, situations, other people, or even yourself. It's looking to the space where thought arises.
Sure, it will look like the ebb and flow of feelings and perceptions comes from to circumstance, but it never does. Thought, by its nature, arises and passes. Knowing this, there is no need to try to fix those circumstances to mend the feelings - always a fruitless quest. What happens then, when you are not seeing yourself as the victim, or controller, of circumstances or thoughts? The human mind, resting in its source. Unlimited space. Pure potential. From there, resilience, inspiration, passion, purpose, freedom, abundance, ease - whatever the circumstances. This is true nature. This is You. Or better yet, Us.