IT ALL ADDS UP
I recently came to the realization that how I see others is how I see myself. A phrase that I heard, read or dreamt up. More directly is that what I say about others says more about me than it does about the person I am commenting on. At first a rather difficult concept to embrace. For me this has become a tool for recognizing how I see others, myself and the world. Could this be the essence of Yoga? Could it be that our greatest teacher is really hearing what comes out of our own mouths? Noticing what I think about others is hilarious, horrifying and sometimes just plain dumb. That I am willing to question my beliefs feels self redeeming. Hey, It doesn’t cost a dime and I like myself and others a whole lot more. Maybe there is hope for humanity.
One woman who has created an entire process based on questioning thoughts is Byron Katie. link here. Her material has great merit. Keep an open mind. You don’t have to become a disciple.
ONE PLUS ONE EQUALS ONE?
Eckart Tolle [link here] has made some comments on loving ourselves, and the irony of there being two of us. How can you love yourself if their is only one you? Who is it that is watching and commenting within us?
MEDITATION AS OBSERVATION WITHOUT THE ANALYSIS
Insomnia is a real window into seeing how divided the mind can be. One reason for not being able to sleep is that at the end of the day, in bed, lights out, there is the possibility of no outer distractions. Hence, an openly discussed, medically diagnosed type of ” torture” [insomnia] could be a doorway to freedom. Consciously observing our thoughts and letting them go is a form of Meditation. Staying up all night unable to sleep because we are can not escape our thoughts is one face of Insomnia.
NO QUICK FIX. SORRY….
There is no one size fits all solution for anything. If you are someone who is not sleeping soundly [aka insomnia], it is best to not focus on the people who seem to break all the rules and sleep like a log. There aren’t that many of them according to medical statistics. Television commercials alone tell us that many people can not sleep, have problems having an erection, can’t loose weight and are, not surprisingly, very depressed! It is possible to resolve INSOMNIA, but a LONG TERM solution is not in a bottle of herbal, homeopathic, or pharmaceutical medication.
Some steps to take to resolve insomnia in the next post. In the meantime, I wonder how parents explain erectile dysfunction commercials to their children! Does anyone else hear that elevator muzak that is played while saying that the side effects from taking the drug could be deadly, or that the effected body part might fall off? No, not the hand.
Postscript: As a long term solution to insomnia please check out The Unique Healing Program Donna Pessin. I have found this to be a long term resolution for my insomnia and other health problems. This program is not a quick fix.