Self Inquiry For Tough Times

When life is going smoothly, it’s easy to do self-inquiry and say, “I’m not the body.”  But what about when the going gets tough?  Am I able to maintain my poise and distinguish between myself and the body when it really counts? 

It’s clear that at some point in time the body will die.  That’s as guaranteed as the sunrise and sunset so there’s not much point in being overly concerned about it.      

Besides, if I’m consistently dedicated to self-inquiry then it should also be clear that while the body will surely die, I will not.  I am the eternal, ever-present, unchanging self.  I was never born so I will never die. 

So instead of obsessing over the news, dwelling on political nonsense or indulging in fearful speculation, I bring my mind back to the knowledge that I am the self over and over again.  I remind myself that what will happen in the world will happen, regardless of whether I obsess over it or fear it.  But no matter what happens, I am always completely fine.  So while I’ll surely take the necessary precautions to protect my illusory body, I do it with with peace of mind, always remembering who I really am.  OM.          

Steady Wisdom: Day 94

Steady Wisdom: 108 Verses On Changing My Thinking

DAY 94

I am indeed in all beings, and all beings are in me. Knowing this, there is nothing to be renounced, accepted or destroyed. 
-Ashtavakra Sahmita 6:4
Meditation

I am brahman, the essence of everyone and everything.  There are no others but there is also no individual self.  There are no enemies and yet, there are no friends either.  There is no world but there is also no nothingness.  I am one alone, free of all dualistic opposites and I am perfect as I am.  Therefore, what is there to be renounced, accepted or destroyed?  OM. 

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Steady Wisdom: Day 93

Steady Wisdom: 108 Verses On Changing My Thinking

DAY 93

For me there is no mental action, good or bad.  For me there is no physical action, good or bad.  For me there is no verbal action, good or bad.  I am immortal consciousness, beyond the senses.
-Avadhuta Gita 1:8
Meditation

I am immortal consciousness.  I am that which equally “reveals” all mental, physical and verbal actions, whether they be good or bad.  Just as the sun is never touched by the good or bad objects that it illuminates, I am never affected by the good or bad actions that I “illuminate.” OM.    

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Steady Wisdom: Week 13 Progress Check

Steady Wisdom: 108 Verses On Changing My Thinking

DAY 91

“Everything is indeed myself, from the creator of the universe down to the smallest tuft of grass.”  The one who knows this for certain becomes free from conflict of thought.  They are pure, peaceful and free from care for what is attained and not attained.
-Ashtavakra Samhita 11:7
Meditation

The inescapable conclusion of, “Everything is indeed myself” is that nothing but myself exists.  What is spoken of as “everything” is merely an idea falsely superimposed onto myself.  That being so, where is thought and how could I be in conflict with it?  How could I be tainted when nothing other than myself exists to taint me?  How could I be disturbed when there is nothing to disturb me?  How can I be free of care when care itself is a false notion?  OM. 

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Steady Wisdom: Day 90

Steady Wisdom: 108 Verses On Changing My Thinking

DAY 90

I cannot be purified by the practice of yoga.  I cannot be purified by destroying the mind.  I cannot be purified by a teacher’s instructions.  I am reality itself and purity is my nature. 
-Avaduta Gita 1:48
Meditation

I can only purify myself if I am contaminated.  I can only be contaminated if something other than myself exists to contaminate me.  But I alone exist. 

The body and mind can be purified through yoga.  The mind can be purified (destroyed) through meditation.  Ignorance can be purified by the teacher’s instructions.  But once the ignorance of my true nature is gone, I see that I have always been pure and nothing can change that.  OM.  

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