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All of us are waves in the same ocean, different experiences on the same journey. Separate self syndrome is a common condition that leads to disease and suffering. It is caused by the belief you are an independent self separated from the world, at the mercy of vast uncontrollable forces. This sense of a separate self gets deeply ingrained in habitual patterns that take up all your attention and energy. You become scared of death, consumed with desire. Your separate self strikes out against the "other" it believes is trying to destroy it. It fills itself up with things promising to satisfy and sustain you, wearing you down into crisis and disease, always searching for answers.
Forgetting our true nature we mistake our separate selves for all we are. And, yet, always loving awareness shines inside calling us home. We are whole, undivided, this is our true nature. This calling inside each one of us is so strong, our separate selves, even under the illusion of being separate from the world, try to recover wholeness by sacrificing ourselves. We denigrate and sacrifice our embodied lives trying to transcend our separate selves to recover wholeness. Often we band together in tribes and nation states to strike out at and in the extreme kill "the other". "The other" is a substitute sacrifice for our separate selves. Something supposedly outside of ourselves we can sacrifice in our desire to transcend our separate selves to return home. That path leads to more suffering.
Healing happens when conditions that underline disease and suffering change. Balance is restored and disease disappears. Our self-destructive drive transforms into a desire to destroy our harmful tendencies. Every thing changes constantly. You can master what you unfold into.
Changing conditions starts with accepting what is. Meditate sitting quietly focused on breathing in and breathing out. Watching your thoughts pass like clouds in the sky. Learn to relax into the space between and underneath your thoughts and emotions. That strength of awareness is your true nature shining through. Powering transformation – changing the conditions that underlie disease and suffering. Mindfulness practice integrated into everyday life calms your nervous system, improves your brain's health and reduces anxiety.
Developing a mindfulness practice requires self-discipline. It takes time to master new skills. Like any other muscle your capacity to heal yourself expands when you commit to doing it every day. A simple daily mindfulness practice produces more compassion, insight and awareness with less suffering and fewer obstacles. A gift you give yourself.
Life is mystery bursting with opportunity to create our own loving expression. Human beings have a special ability to be aware of ourselves. Our separate selves grow out of this awareness but forget the love we are and where we come from. Healing remembers the wholeness that never left. A shining light is always calling inside every single one of us. Our separate selves are cured when our search discovers what never left us. Presence patiently waiting in loving awareness.