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I get an email from the is amazing American Meditation teacher every day…it’s a great way to start your day.

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To ask the mind to kill itself is like making the thief the policeman. He will go with you and pretend to catch the thief, but nothing will be gained. So you must turn inward and see where the mind rises from, and then it will cease to exist.

Sri Ramana Maharshi

Or like the fox guarding the henhouse.

We are, each of us, an experience of consciousness. As we move forward in our understanding of how this system of consciousness works, we begin to see that our problems exist not within the world, but rather in our way of thinking about the world. The way we think about the world is housed - structured - in the ego, and when we are seeing the world from the point of view of the ego we are identified as the ego.

As we come to an understanding of this, we begin to look for ways to be free of this identity with the ego, free of its control. But we've spent so long in this wrong identity of self that, almost invariably, we end up trying to solve the problem by using the problematic thing itself. We try to figure out how to be free, rather than simply choosing to be free.

Freedom is something to be chosen, not something to be figured out. When I identify as that which is beyond thought, rather than as the thinking, I am choosing freedom. It really is as simple as that.

And almost certainly the ego will respond to this threat to its power by telling me I need to worry about something: money, love, health, lack, limitation. If I take the bait, I am again aligning myself with the ego, with the ego mind. So I simply notice I am worrying and I stop. I stop paying attention to it. I let it go. I return to the moment, to the feeling I found in meditation – the place of something other than my thoughts and my feelings. I recall the peace and comfort within. I remind myself it is there, even though in this moment I may not be able to feel it.

I step out of speculation and I insist on not worrying, on not torturing myself with my mind.

SOHAM. I am That. TAT TVAM ASI. Thou art That. We are the true Self. The place that is beyond thought. That thing which never changes. Everything else is temporary and changeable. My thinking, my feelings, my opinions - all these will change. To identify with these ever-changing things is to build my home on sand. I will always feel myself at the mercy of the world, rather than stable and whole. It is my job to know this daily, hourly, whenever I can remember it throughout the day, and continually to let go of everything that tells me other than this. Let go of the ego and its false sense of power. Let go of these thoughts that tell me what's wrong with me and wrong with the world. Let go of this idea of self that would have me remain small. And embrace the truth of what is. Thou art That. 

Today I will find the way to set aside the old ideas of what I am and expect the universe to show me the reality of what I am. 

Living NOW - how the sound of waves keeps me in this moment.

Blog post – Jan 5

I am sitting on the porch of my simple beach house listening, in one ear,  to the sounds of cicadas so loud you can’t hear the person next to you talking, and the waves crashing on the beach, in the other…A low and constant sound that waves make…letting me know that the world actually doesn’t revolve around me..that if I die in this moment the waves will keep crashing with the same rhythm and sound they have since waves began.

I don’t know if it because I am getting closer to middle age but the sense of mortality and the total sense of luck of my own life is very strong. Every fitness and yoga session I complete is one of realizing my strength and power before I hit the downhill, even though I know people 10 years older than me, fitter and stronger than I can imagine.  I suspect that suddenly you know that you can’t rest on your youth anymore to live hard and do what you like with no consequences.  To be born in this society,. this country, to my parents, to such wealth this country has, opportunity and freedom is such a bloody privilege that I generally don’t stop and consider with any depth…I mean we all talk the shallow sound bites of “feeling grateful” but how many of us really do have that deep sense ofincredible luck that we drew the straw that saw us here…in Australia …living our lives with relative calm and kindness. and I am trying so hard not to waste it.  Part of not wasting it means knowing how good you have it and trying to be truly grateful, in a knowing, non-virtuous, contributing way.  That way is not being "virtuous" through a constant spewing of how awesome your life is through social media as some kind of social service to make us all feel bad even though the contradiction of trying to run a business through social media is right at the front of my mind.  I still amaze myself that at 42 I wonder when I will do the splits even though I never have after 20 years of yoga....Imogen!! Get over it!

So the simplicity of waves crashing in the distance is enough to kickstart in me this need to make sure I am doing all I can to live now. I can’t tell you what that means to me, its really quite personal but I implore you to do the same. One of my favorite sayings is “let that shit go”. I think it takes about 40 years of living before you really get this saying but hopefully if you are under 40 you can also start to see that, the worry, the shame, the anxiety…its all for nothing…the waves keep on crashing, the cicadas keep chirping and we are here for a short time in the scheme of things so make “it” count.