Safe is not a state of being, it is not a place. It is a state that invokes feelings that in turn invoke perceptions, which create a sense of the pace at which it appears to pass. These perceptions, as well as the pace, all influence the value of the “place” you perceive as your location.
The value of pace, like place, creates an opinion. Is it a good time, a bad time, a real time, a fast time, not enough time, too much time and much more?
Place and pace ultimately determine who you think or feel you are – which you interpret as who you are. This isn’t who you actually are, it is how you appear through a system of filters – but this is only an observation, something far away from you.
Because you appear to be something other than you are, you have a feeling of being out of place, out of sorts and out of time. You don’t feel cozy and you try to correct this with all sorts of changes and consumptions, but it is like that unreachable place on your back. Nothing you do can get to it.
When you don’t feel cozy you project this lack onto your surroundings and this in turn reflects a lacking back on you. The cozy-less reflection comes back from everything and everyone in your vicinity and now you feel uncomfortable with them too. You blame it on “them” but it is not them.
Such is the formation of life. It has nothing to do with anything other than you.
But you cannot determine this when you are influencing everything with your projection formed through these deceptive filters. Further, when you also prefer this to be different you do not actually see this for what it is – you see this through the distortion of your further desires.
This we call the dance of Maya. It is a bias and is nearly a one hundred pandemic in the world. Our job, as humans, is to reduce this chaos and bias and ultimately see things as they are not as they appear.
When you can get to viewing things as they are you will perceive everything without wanting it to be different.
This is a difficult puzzle. It is a code that yogis have sought to break forever. Not only does this pertain to everything and everyone around you, it pertains to you because everything reflects back to you.
Spiritual writings refer to desire-less-ness. Not to be without intention but to be without distortion. Desire-less-ness is perception without preference, a view of the world – including you – without distorting the pictures with these illusions of bias. Such are the twists of a human existence and it is up to you to break the code – with yoga, meditation, contemplation, chanting, prayer and anything else you can use as your daily disciplines.
Guru Singh is a world-renowned yoga instructor, author, musician, and family man. Guru Singh works with the Dalai Lama, teaches with Tony Robbins, and has recorded an album with Grammy® Award-winning artist Seal. He can also be found on Facebook and Twitter.
Image courtesy of Liam Andrew Cura via Unsplash.comMay 16, 2014