See (1) to know about Alfred.
“Most often when we use the word self (2) we attach good feelings to it. Sense of self, self-assured, self-actualization and a host of other “self” ideas all impress us with the importance of self. However, there is another self within us that is less noble.
Last night I had an early morning dream where a person I love deceived and betrayed me. After waking I was upset, my mind was clouded with ill will even though my rational mind kept telling me no actual betrayal had occurred. It was difficult for me to find tranquility in my morning meditation but, finally, I was able to shed these bad feelings. That was my “self” feeding me bad thoughts (3). This self is busy all day reminding us of past mistakes, upcoming appointments, relationship difficulties and problems that need to be resolved. This self is a worry wart and has no compunction about stretching the truth or even lying to you if it suits its need.
Meditation has enabled me to ignore the demands of my self for a bit each morning. And when my “self” is shut down, the peace and clarity which is always there in the background wells up and fills me with love and gratitude. Gone are worry, anger, jealousy, remorse and self-doubt. An added benefit is that, as the day progresses, I am more able to ignore my “self” (4) and to better able to judge the veracity of its often dubious proclamations.”
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(2) My related page –‘One living self and infinite dead selves’: I change every day, mentally and physically, to some minute degree. Yesterday’s version of me disappeared, never to be seen again, as good as dead. My only living self is the one pulsing with life, at this very moment. More….
(3) My related page – ‘Thoughts are like ….’: Birds in the sky, Clouds, Trains arriving at a train station, Uninvited guests, Imaginary demons, Delusions, Plants in the garden, Images on the screen, Balloons without air …..More….
(4) My related page – ‘My shopping cart pulls to one side’: Sometimes I pick a shopping cart that pulls to one side. I make periodic adjustments to prevent any mishaps. I realized that my mind also tends to make biased and wrong judgments. I adjust my mind like I adjust my shopping cart and avoid mishaps. More….
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