How do you compare? ….
….to yourself? Do you know your true self? What is your true self? People are often confused between their true & false self which is a primary factor in the general discontent of modern society. Please read here for a great description of the true and false self. Do you have a routine or ritual that supports your relationship with your true or higher self? Read here for tips on how to improve your connection with the true self.
Do you observe your thoughts? Are you constantly judging, evaluating and comparing yourself to others? Do these thoughts bring you joy, happiness or contentment? Does it matter when you judge yourself or situation to be better than what you’re comparing it to? What happens when your comparison makes you feel less than?
To free ourselves from these toxic thought patterns we must shift our attention away from egoic thinking and towards the true or higher self. If we do this, our world, collective mental health and wellbeing will change in ways we can’t even fathom. We get lost in needing to know how change looks. We hold ourselves back by focusing on a knowable future. When we do this, we’re restricted from present moment awareness and access to our true self. We don’t need to know how the future looks. We need to know what the present moment feels like, and we need to understand how to embrace it. When we welcome each moment as is, we open a door that provides opportunity to create a different life experience.
This way of being, or way of life isn’t new. These ideas and practices have been around for thousands of years. Our modern lifestyle challenges us in ways our species isn’t evolved to handle. Our shared global problems directly reflect our collective internal struggles. If we improve our relationship with our true self, we will create a much healthier and less conflicted world.
I linked to Deepak Chopra’s work to help explain the ideas in this article. There are many places to learn about these topics. Here are a few links to resources that have been invaluable for me to learn about and connect to the true self.