You are the Observer.
You must know this. “You are not your feelings.” Stop identifying yourself with your feelings. You should be knowing that we are not the mind or the body. We are the observers. Observers of the mind and the body. Observers of our feelings and the thoughts that are passing by. It is the ego which tries to hold on to these feelings.Why does it hold on. It is because the ego needs an identification. It needs to identify itself. It requires something through which other people may recognize it. When we ask someone a very simple question like “who is john or who is so and so”? Don’t we get the answer that oh john is the one who is wearing the red shirt. Or john is a high paid executive of Microsoft Corporation. Or he is a guy who is short tempered.
Do you see how john is being identified with so many different things? Like being an executive, being short tempered. But we don’t know that john is not these things. John is the observer.
A small exercise to get a feel of this i.e. in knowing the self. Point to your right leg and say “this is my right leg”. Point to your left leg and say “this is my left leg”. Do similarly with your hands, your nose, and your other body parts. You can say this is my right leg or you could even name yourself and say it like this is David’s right leg.
Did you get a sudden realization? After doing this for sometime like saying this is David’s right leg. This is David’s left leg. This is David’s right hand. This is David’s left hand. After doing this for sometime you will suddenly realize who this David is. Who is this David, who is the owner of this body, of the different body parts? And who am I?
Please try out this exercise. it is really a good one.
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