What I am not

October 10, 2017

It's so interesting.  As I focus my mind on my breath, and I ask it to stay there, over and over, it wanders off, I bring it back, it wanders, I bring it back.  We do this dozens of times every "sit".   Then suddenly, my mind wanders to what is bothering me, it wanders to what  I am anxious about.  The mind wants to check in with where I am at on that subject that has been achingly on my mind lately.  I watch my mind go to that subject.  I watch the old familiar anxiety arise. 

 

I bring it back to my breath.   And suddenly, I notice, once again, that I am not my anxiety. My anxiety is over there, a thought pattern, an emotion, but it is not me.  I am over here, watching my breath.  And I notice at that moment,

 

I am this calm, peaceful and totally relaxed being.  I am not my anxiety, I am not my fears, I am not any of that.  Not at all. 

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