You are not your thoughts. Instead your true nature is a stillness that cannot be realized while running, jumping and moving about. It cannot be found in the cloudy waters of our likes and dislikes. Nor can it be found through the blurry lens of our opinions and habits. It cannot be realized when we identify with every flippant and ungrounded claim that passes through our highly evolved mind.
Somewhere along the way, our culture decided that strength meant success. That by being vulnerable and showing our weaknesses, we set ourselves up for failure. We feel that it’s inappropriate to cry in public. That when we fail at something we should quit and move on. And that our life’s purpose is to find something we are good at and DO THAT! Unfortunately this pattern only serves to separate us from one another.
As human beings, we do whatever we can to avoid pain and seek pleasure. Because of the advances in technology over the past 40 years or so our lives have gotten more comfortable and convenient. In New York City you can dream up any cuisine from across the world and with a click of a few buttons have it delivered to your door. Instead of traveling to far away places you can see a polar bear or an elephant at your nearby zoo. I personally am incapable of taking even a “luke warm” shower on the hottest of days.