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You Are Not Your Mind

Updated: Feb 9, 2020

The first time I heard somebody say that, I didn’t like the sound of it one bit. What was this dumbfuckery?

What else could I be?

I had taken for granted that the little voice in my head was the central “me”. I thought everything was happening to that voice.

Do I sound cray yet? Stay with me and I’ll break it down.

I see quite l clear now that life is nothing but fleeting emotions, passing experiences — and my thoughts are just one more category of things I experience that is ever changing.

Check this: thoughts are no more fundamental than smells, sights and sounds.

Like any life experience — thoughts arise into my awareness, they have a certain texture and depth to them. They give way to something else. They help me to see where work needs to be done.

This next part takes a little unpacking:

If you can observe your thoughts just like you can observe other objects, who’s doing the observing?

Don’t answer too quickly.

This question, and its answer, are at the center of life's greatest mysteries of changing our behaviors and beliefs.

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