Steady Wisdom: Day 30

Steady Wisdom: 108 Verses On Changing My Thinking

DAY 30

I witness my body acting as if it were someone else’s.  There is no reason to be disturbed by praise or blame. 
– Ashtavakra Samhita 3:10
Meditation

How strange is it that while I am absolutely clear that I am not another person’s body, I identify with this body that looks and feels closest to me, call it “myself” and claim its actions as my own.  But how can this be?  I witness the bodies of others the same as I witness this one—they are all thoughts known to me. As such, this body cannot be me.  I merely witness it acting, the same as I witness the actions of other’s bodies.  Just as I cannot be praised or blamed for the actions of other’s bodies that I witness, I cannot be praised or blamed for the actions of this body that I witness.  I am the action-less, blameless self.  OM. 

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Steady Wisdom: Day 29

Steady Wisdom: 108 Verses On Changing My Thinking

DAY 29

I have no body nor am I bodiless.  I have no mind, intellect or senses.  It cannot be said that I am either attached or unattached.  My nature is ever-free; there’s no illusion for me. 
– Avadhuta Gita 4:12
Meditation

There is no illusion for me; despite the appearance of the body and mind I know I am pure being, reality itself.  Just because I have no body does not mean I am bodiless.  Just because objects cannot attach themselves to me (affect me) does not mean I am unattached.  Embodied and bodiless, attached and unattached are dualistic opposites.  I am non-dual so I transcend them all.  I am ever-free.   

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Steady Wisdom: Day 27

Steady Wisdom: 108 Verses On Changing My Thinking

DAY 27

I am not the body nor do I possess a body.  I am not the doer or the enjoyer.  I am ever-free consciousness, the witness of them all. 
-Ashtavakra Samhita 15:4
Meditation

I am consciousness; I witness the appearance of “my” body similar to the way I witness the appearance of a tree, a house or the body of another person.  And yet, while it is abundantly clear that I am not a tree, a house or someone else’s body, I think of this body as myself, referring to it as “I” and “mine.”  I claim its actions as my own, rejoicing when the results are good and lamenting when they are not.  As such, I continuously vacillate between happiness and suffering.  But is this body myself merely because it appears to be closer to me than a tree or a house?  Is it myself simply because it appears in my consciousness more frequently than a tree or a house?  No, the body cannot be me because it is known to me.  The body cannot be me because it comes and goes while I, remain.  I am ever-free of the body. 

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Steady Wisdom: Day 16

Steady Wisdom: 108 Days of Changing My Thinking

Day 16

I have neither mother nor father nor children.  I was never born nor will I ever die.  The mind does not belong to me.  I am the absolute reality, always steady, never agitated.  I am immortal consciousness, ever the same like space. 
-Avadhuta Gita 3:22
Meditation

The illusory body has a mother and a father—this is true.  But to say that I, immortal consciousness, have a mother and father?  That is false. I am existence itself, absolute reality, and whatever truly exists always has and always will exist.  So I cannot come into being—I have always been.  Therefore I was never born. 

The illusory body begets children—this is also true.  But to say that I, immortal consciousness, beget children?  That is also false.  I am existence itself, absolute reality.  I am one without a second, for what could exist but existence itself?  There is none other than me so nothing can truly arise or descend from me.  And that includes the mind; like the body it is merely illusion.  As such I am never subject to its wavering or agitation.  Like space, I remain steady and ever the same. OM.     

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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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