By: Oscar Nelson 11/27/2017
When we are open and unguarded against life, we are free to be what we need to be in the moment. When we don’t hold ourselves back by boxing ourselves into a set, solid pattern; we are free to be who we need to be as we need to be it. This is living in Freedom, moving how Life directs us.
“As long as you have all sorts of ideas about yourself, you know yourself though the mist of these ideas; to know yourself as you are. give us all ideas. You cannot imagine the taste of pure water; you can only discover it by abandoning all flavorings.” Nisargadatta Maharaj
What you are is what is left when you give everything up. You are what remains Unchainging in the colorful and loud stream of sensations we call life. And that Unchanging aspect is what we are all inwardly seeking, even if we do not realize it. Having a relationship with that Unchanging aspect of ourselves is where inner freedom and peace take hold. When we can touch and rest in something Permanent there is a drastic relaxation of anxiety and worry.
So how do we give up the ideas we have about ourselves and find the Permanent in the changing?
That is the way to loosen the knots around you. Even your name is just a sound your body has been conditioned to respond to, it is not who you are. Everything that you know or have been taught has been an idea or concept passed down to you; to be accepted or denied by you. You have the power to let them go if they no longer serve you. And to be blunt, most do not serve you. I suggest you let go of all you possibly can and Live Naked in the moment. You still exist, and will move and function in the world (possibly more harmoniously) when you give up the concepts and ideas that bind you.
.They bind you to your mind.
The mind is a powerful tool, but when we cannot get space from it, the mind can drive us kindof crazy. The peace and freedom we all want is within and just below all the loud, yet empty, demands we feel are on us.
We are already free, but just like Maharaj said, ‘You cannot imagine the taste of pure water; you can only discover it by abandoning all flavorings.”
As best you can today, with me, abandon the Story about yourself and Live Naked.
P.S. Please post below your biggest challenge with ‘Living Naked’ today.