Beware of self-help formulas—such as the many well-intentioned memes on social media—that reinforce conditional thinking, including any semblance of a formula conveyed by this brief article! For example, “If you let go of fear, then you will be free.”
You are already free, regardless of what you’re experiencing. Now…integrating that insight into one’s consciousness is another story, although it’s a story worth entertaining.
Don’t practice meditation and self-improvement methods to get better. Practice to see clearly and think & act skillfully, with kindness and compassion. Better is a relativistic concept; striving to be “better” can sometimes be a subtle form of self-rejection. The cultivation of clear thinking, skillful action, and compassion is an intentional, values-based orientation that can guide you in a direction to make a difference in your life and the lives of others.
What are the keys to a path of clear thinking, skillful action, and compassion?
The ancient poet Rumi asks, “Why do you stay in prison when the door is so wide open?” He advises us to, “Move outside the tangle of fear thinking. Live in silence. Flow down and down into ever-widening rings of Being.”