Wednesday, 23 June 2010
What are you fixating on?
Is it something negative and stuck, a perceived problem?
Of course it is! Preoccupation and problems go together. Struggles are little illusions endeavouring always to come between you and the vast vista of freedom.
Watch yourself. We are so often either engrossed in troubled pursuits or at least distracted by the temptation to invest in them.
Tensions present themselves continuously, trying to take us away from a sense of well being. They cannot exist, though, without our attention. And we cannot be ourselves while fixating on them.
You are not a troubled state of consciousness. You are the boundless sky, the infinite.
So if you are feeling uptight, even in the slightest way, you are identified with something that is not you. You think you are the clouds, the thoughts, because you have lost touch with your freedom.
It is the mind that fixates, and you are not your mind. You are what watches, unfazed yet infinitely enthused. You are openness.
One of the ways to get unstuck is to find your fixation. What are you fixating on? What are you chewing over and over?
When you climb into the shower, are you consumed by your mind or are you relaxed and alert, in the moment? Can you celebrate the water and let life love you? Or are you gnawing on some nonsense in your head at the expense of what’s real?
Your mind will always be occupied with problems. In the absence of problems, mind falls away. In the absence of mind, problems fall away. You are either pedalling to keep your mind moving or you are watching.
Whenever you find yourself fixated, let the clouds go and restore the sky.