I came across this quote from Dan Millman, author of A Peaceful Warrior, and it gave me an intense feeling of relief. “If you don’t get what you want, you suffer; if you get what you don’t want, you suffer; even when you get exactly what you want, you still suffer because you can’t hold on to it forever. Your mind is your predicament. It wants to be free of change. Free of pain, free of the obligations of life and death. But change is a law, and no amount of pretending will alter that reality.”
I immediately thought over my last few weeks, and how unsettled I felt, how tense and uneasy, almost anxious I’d been and I realized I had been in my mind way too much. But what do you do when you feel that way? What do you do when your mind is your predicament?
I guess on some level I knew Eckhardt Tolle would have the answer I was looking for because I went to a YouTube video of his and I immediately got it. “You are never more essentially yourself than when you are still. Take many conscious breaths throughout the day. Feeling the aliveness of your body from within. That immediately takes away the repetitive and negative thinking.”
So my challenge to you and to myself is to get back to stillness. Start with the breath. It works.