What You Actually Are – January 28 2021

What You Actually Are – January 28 2021

The inquiry into what you really are begins with the understanding that this body doesn’t exist for long, it dies. So, when I die, do I die with the body? Or am I still around? If I’m still around and if I have a personality and a subtle body, still it is mine and I’m still me. So if all these are mine, then I must be different than mine. One day, in the quietness of the inquiry, perhaps it will dawn on you what you actually are.

Sri M


“So if all these are mine, then I must be different than mine.”


The beauty of knowing that I am other than all this is that I no longer have to be at the mercy of all this. All these pressures to conform or to stand out. To succeed enough to be noticed or enough to take away my fear. All these thoughts that tell me, over and over again, what’s wrong with me, what’s wrong with you, what’s wrong with the world. All these feelings of anxiety and fear, anger and remorse, shame and guilt. All these worries about death.


“…perhaps it will dawn on you what you actually are.”


None of these things. I am the one observing these things. Not at the mercy of these things or even at the effect of these things except as passing phenomena. 


You are the sky. Everything else – it’s just the weather.

Pema Chodron


You are not your thinking. You are the witness behind the thinking.


Today I will assume the safety and stability of infinite spirit within me and as me, and I will let go of my thinking enough to pay attention to the miraculous changing world around me.

Ponderosa Pine, near Flagstaff, Arizona