When we experience boredom, or other more mild forms of stress (and often when we experience super high level stress too) we want to distract, end it, change it, move away from it, fix it. But who would you be without the belief you can't stand this moment, even a "bored" moment? And who would you be if you stayed with whatever you're feeling in the moment, and studied it? Here's how. It might not be as hard as you think.
When we feel ashamed or guilty or embarrassed, it's a horrible feeling although not uncommon. However, the feeling often leads to the next step which is to keep it a secret and lock it away forever, and never talk about it. We try to escape, by eating or drinking or going into some kind of addictive process (I sure did). What if instead of escaping shame, you went into it and got to know it's point of view, the feeling it brings, very well indeed? I found, this made all the difference. I found, I knew how to then identify the lie of shame.
We all are accustomed to having surprises happen, and perhaps they affect our lives deeply, or our day. But is our capacity for peace entirely destroyed? You can question this thought, if you have it.
I have found, there's a space within that's peaceful and alive, no matter what happens. You've got this. It's who you are without thought.
Not long ago someone wrote to me and said The Work might not work on a fact like "the earth is dying" or "the lake is polluted" or "the country is at war".
But it doesn't matter if both your answers to the first two questions are YES (is it true? Can you absolutely know it's true?)
You can still find incredible emotional freedom or awareness of yourself through this inquiry process.
Question your thinking, find peace!
Everyone's had sleepless nights, or times you awaken. What's the best way to handle it? Definitely not fighting against your thoughts! Doing The Work is one of the best ways to see what's really true for you, and rest.
Thoughts about ourselves are often the most painful, and many people want to start self-inquiry by fixing thoughts about themselves. But who would you be without your improvement story?
When we believe thoughts like "I have to go to work" or "I need to say yes to my partner" and we're resentful, this is really like living in slavery. You can find freedom by questioning your thinking. You don't even have to DO anything, the natural and loving way will be revealed. Who would you be without your story of "I have to"?