Raising My Consciousness One Word at a Time
Self-a person’s essential being that distinguishes them from others, especially considered as the object of introspection or reflexive action.
When it comes to big questions in life, “who am I?”, generally tops the list. We all have a sense of self from the time we are first aware. Our essential being is in fact who we are inside, not the person we choose to show to others. But what is real about this? Much of what we have come to identify with as our “self” is an illusion. We carry around this sense of who we are but it is based on many factors which are not us. Our job, our relationships, what you own, or what others think of you. So how do you find out what defines your essential being? That is a quest that will raise your consciousness and it will start by paying attention to what you think, the words you use, and the actions you take. So who are you?
One of the cures for the illusion of self we carry around is to begin to practice mindfulness. This is a practice of being aware of the present moment and accepting all that it brings you. Your sense of self is revealed to you in the everyday experience of interacting with your world. How do you see the sunrise? How do you see interactions with other people? How do you react to things? Each moment reveals the characteristics which make up our self. Watching them and accepting them is mindfulness.
The value of this is that you remove all of the expectations of the rest of the world. They don’t matter who you are, they matter to who the world perceives you to be. It is a false self which is contained in our own ego. Looking past these expectations is the first step of growth and seeking to remember who it is that you are. Forgiveness of those who have hurt you and of yourself for actions outside of your true nature is a must. Mindfulness is easy to practice but difficult as well because it can be painful to see your thoughts. But try to stay in the moment, don’t dwell on the past or worry about the future. Be present and see who is there looking back at you. that is your self.
Over 7 Billion People
It always makes me question existence when I consider that there are over 7 billion people in the world and a very small number have actually spent any time contemplating their existence in any real way. I am not judging if how much we accumulate is really important. Or if having a bigger house, newer car or more stuff in it is important. But it isn’t as important as what and who you are. The self is the one thing that belongs solely to you for the duration of your existence. It is defined by your actions and words. Those things spring directly from your thoughts.
Is your self, greedy, shallow, mean, selfish, or any other negative word? Well, those things are in every person, all 7 billion. It is your choice whether they become an active force in your life or if your thoughts move toward kindness, forgiveness, peace, acceptance or love. These are the things which define the “self” to the world. Because you can say you are a positive person but it is your conscious choices which make is so or not so.
There is no need to compare your journey and progress to others. You are solely responsible for you as another is responsible for them. Don’t waste your valuable time comparing how you think, what you have and how you spend your time against someone else. The self you are has plenty of strength and talent. You just have to access it. That will never happen if your time is spent looking over the neighbor’s fence to see where they are at.
Do the best you can. Each and every day while you sift through your thoughts and deal with the situations you are confronted with. Never forget that in you is a divine creation capable, strong, and ready to achieve anything you set your mind to. Weight loss, working out, building a business, travel, relationships, or anything else you want in your life is there to touch if you have confidence in your “self”. Be confident and love your “self”.
Be your best SELF today. It all starts with a greater awareness of your thoughts, your words, and your actions.
“You yourself, as much as anybody in the entire universe, deserve your love and affection”– Buddha
“A man cannot be comfortable without his own approval.”– Mark Twain
“Love yourself first and everything else falls into line. You really have to love yourself to get anything done in this world.” – Lucille Ball