Strangely, trying to keep positive thoughts can sometimes become a source of stress. Can you relax, even with your negative thinking? Let's see how.
Find freedom by seeing what's beyond just the mind, and your thoughts.
The practice of being against suffering is strong--but what if we were open to suffering and took it in...opened up to it, even breathed it in? Notice what can happen if you consider this.
Hard things happening in life can be so unexpected, shocking, or traumatic and painful. One simple place to begin is here. Listen to find out what I notice, now.
Could you notice your desire is something that serves you, something to aim at, something that brings you present joy right now!
The three most difficult energies that can prevent us from enjoying or understanding our desires are guilt, shame and clinging. Can you see why, or where you learned your guilty, shameful or clinging beliefs? When you become aware, you have the power to become free.
Self-doubt can be questioned. Begin with noticing that you attack yourself, or say critical things...or maybe even reasons why you can't do something or get to what you envision. Is it true? Who would you be without that thought?
Now that you can question the suffering of death...or at least begin to look...can you find freedom in seeing that you are completely alone, and it's OK? This does not mean lonely!
I love the simple awareness that even with people I love and adore, they are not with me 24/7. Thank goodness! Could this be the normal way of it? If I can find that being alone is OK, maybe I can find this in death, as well.
Death is perhaps the greatest difficulty of all experiences, it seems, in the human life. We're worried about it, it seems terrible when others die. Start with the first most painful belief: death is terrible. Is that true?
Your self-hate may never go away. Who would you be if you gave up the idea that you will be secure later, and there's a way to eliinate pain? You might be surprised at the freedom.
Self-inquiry around ending self-hate is something you can notice and do in many subtle versions of self-hate.
When you're uncertain about what will happen tomorrow, or unsupported, you might think "there is something wrong with me". All it takes is some awareness, first seeing that you are not alone.