Steady Wisdom: Day 14

Steady Wisdom: 108 Days of Changing My Thinking

DAY 14

This is the absolute truth: I am neither gross nor subtle; I neither come nor go; I have no beginning, middle or end; there is no higher or lower in me. I am immortal consciousness, ever the same like space.
– Avadhuta Gita 3:6
Meditation

I am neither a physical object like the body nor a mental object like a thought. Unlike them, I neither come nor go, I neither begin nor end. Instead, I am ever-present as their immortal witness, consciousness itself. And yet, like space, there are no divisions in me: no higher and lower, real and unreal, subject and object, knower and known. In truth, I am non-dual reality and all appearance of difference in me is falsehood. As such, I take the various states of the body-mind in stride, recognizing them for the illusory objects they are.

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Steady Wisdom: Day 13

Steady Wisdom: 108 Days of Changing My Thinking

DAY 13

I am brahman, the all-pervading limitless reality. Just as space exists inside and outside of a jar but is not limited by it, I exist inside and outside all things but I am not limited by them.
– Ashtavakra Samhita 1:20
Meditation

I am the all-pervasive, limitless reality. The body, mind and world appear in me but do not divide or limit me in any way, similar to the way a jar appears in space but does not limit divide or limit space in any way. I am brahman—I remain unchanged by the presence or absence of objects.

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Steady Wisdom: Day 12

Steady Wisdom: 108 Days of Changing My Thinking

DAY 12

Virtue and vice, pleasure and pain, belong to the mind, not me, the all-pervading one. I am not the doer or enjoyer. I am ever free.
– Ashtavakra Samhita 1:6
Meditation

I am all-pervasive pure being—I exist everywhere at all times. How then could I be the mind which is limited to the body and subject to disappearance in deep sleep? That being so, I am free of the mind—I am unaffected by its various states such as virtue and vice, pleasure and pain. I am also untouched by the ego, the thought of “I” in the mind which claims the actions of the body-mind as its own. Because the ego is known to me, it cannot be me. Because the ego continuously vacillates between, “I did this” and “I am enjoying the results of my actions” it cannot be real. But I am real—the ever-present, unchanging, all-pervasive self. OM.

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Steady Wisdom: Day 9

Steady Wisdom: 108 Days of Changing My Thinking

DAY 9

Attachment and aversion belong to the mind but the mind does not belong to me. I am unchanging consciousness, free of all thought.
– Ashtavakra Samhita 15:5
Meditation

The mind, being an ever-changing flow of thoughts such as attachment and aversion, is not real. Being unreal, it cannot belong to me anymore than a dream house can belong to me upon waking. Because I am the ever-present, unchanging witness of the unchanging mind, I am free of all thought. Thoughts come and go but I, consciousness, remain unaffected. OM.

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Steady Wisdom: Day 8

Steady Wisdom: 108 Days of Changing My Thinking

DAY 8

I am without beginning, middle and end. I am never bound. By nature I am pure and perfect—this is my firm conviction.
– Avadhuta Gita 1:44
Meditation

Objects alone have a beginning, middle and end. But being the essence of all objects, I myself am not an object—therefore I am eternal. Bondage, impurity and imperfection, being concepts that refer to the state of objects, do not and cannot affect me. OM.

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