In the stillness of the mind I saw myself as I am - unbound. ~ Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj
I like being by myself. I never feel lonely in my own company, and actually enjoy it wholeheartedly. Looking back to when I was little, 6 or 7 years old, I remember sitting in my bedroom late one afternoon organizing my desk drawers. Not because I was being ignored or ignoring the world, but just because I wanted to be by myself. I learned from an early age that I thrive from giving myself time to myself. As an example, coloring has always been a favorite past time of mine, even to this day. The below pages have been completed in the last year. I love to lose myself in the design of color and find it to be a meditation.
More recently, I have started to understand that I don't always have to be doing something when spending time alone. Giving myself permission to not be busy, to not have to feel productive, but to be still is continuously a struggle. However, in those times of stillness, I start to feel my mind's vibrations. Witnessing, my unbound nature that is so authentic. I'm finding that these moments of stillness creates peace. This sense of peace allows me to be okay with whatever comes my way.
"Love yourself enough to be still," I say lovingly to myself when resistance arises in my mind. These words are spoken with kindness. These words are intended to inspire, not only self-love, but also the motivation to spend time with myself, on a daily basis, doing nothing. Observing the chaos, watching the patterns of the mind, and discovering my own creativity. The times when I listen to these words, I am connected. I connect to my intuitive, intelligent, and industrious body. I connect to the beauty within me AND within every living thing. I connect to the adventure that this life continues to unfold. I connect to my infinite health, inside and out. As Mary O'Malley says in What's In the Way IS the Way:
"It is not an empty stillness you discover as you turn your attention within. It is full and rich, permeated with the Intelligence at the heart of Life. It is the source of "the still small voice" that is always with you. It is the place where you discover you are not alone. The presence of stillness, the knowing of stillness, the Love that is inherent in the stillness is always with you. When you recognize this, you are then able to partner with the wisdom of Life."
I am wise, connected, and full of Life.
I am on the journey to create joy and live with full happiness. And my wish for you is to do the same!
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