Fighting with Reality – August 25 2018

Fighting with Reality – August 25 2018

Am I better off making up an alternate reality in my mind and then fighting with reality to make it be my way, or am I better off letting go of what I want and serving the same forces of reality that managed to create the entire perfection of the universe around me?
Michael Singer, 
The Surrender Experiment: My Journey into Life’s Perfection

The whole of nature always is seeking balance. And finding it. Water finds the level of stillness. Air masses will merge to find a common temperature. A rock will tumble till it finds stability. Our own bodies in motion constantly fall out of balance and then find it once again.

The only place in the whole of creation where balance and stability are not found is within the human mind. Because consistently the intellect is comparing what is with what is supposed to be.

Perhaps we are not always able to stop this process, but we can stop paying attention to it as having any useful information for us, and we can stop thinking of it as ‘me.’ For what I am is beyond the mind. I am the witness to the mind. I am the one who watches it run. (If it were me, wouldn’t I be able to stop it?)

And I am the one who can choose to pay attention to something else.

Today I will give myself a chance to listen to the world, rather than to my thoughts about the world. I can ask a friend how they are doing, and really pay attention to what they have to say. I can watch a baby, pet a cat, feel the cool breeze of a summer evening and send a wave of love to someone who I think could use it.
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