There’s Nothing You Can Do to Be Better. Not a thing in the world, not an action or accolade can or will make you better. The truth is you already are. Your own true self is something inside to be realized not outside to be discovered, however you need to stop long enough to notice.
I know, that “New Age” language again right? “your true self”, “something inside to be realized” but it’s true. You will only discover the truth of who you are by being still. You know through Meditation or Mindfulness. I’m sure you’ve heard of it since it seems to be trending at the moment.
So many Meditation and Mindfulness gurus, so many techniques, as with everything else. Everyone seems to have the key, the practice that works, the “cutting edge” technique that guarantees to change your life, make you happier, healthier and wealthier.
Meditation and Mindfulness have seemed to become that key, the new weight loss, fix everything, fad. Just like the eighties weight loss programs, some work, and some don’t, but the key is… does it work for you? Did it feel like a fit? Did it feel effortless or did it cause more struggle, more weight gain, or in the case of Meditation and Mindfulness, more thoughts and more stress?
When’s the last time you gave yourself even just five minutes to be still. I know some of you are saying “well I Meditate all the time”, “I have a regular practice”, “I use mantras”, “I meditate in Yoga class”, but do you really? Do you really take the time, alone, to be still? Or is it just another thing you do that you’ve been told works but you try so hard to do and be better at it you cause more suffering?
Only you have that answer, but you need to stop long enough to hear it.
If you have you’ll already know what I’m talking about, that is if you’ve had a moment with no thought. Not that there is anything wrong if you haven’t, but if you have you’ll get what I’m about to say and If you haven’t, that’s totally ok. It’s not a competition, there’s nowhere to get to, and there is no test at the end. Just do yourself a favor and give yourself 5 minutes, just five minutes a day and then one day it will all just open up. You’ll have a space between your thoughts, pure bliss, pure perfection and you’ll realize in that place, “there’s nothing you can do to be better.”
You already are that. You are everything you are striving to be and more, but you don’t have to strive,. There’s no more need for power suites, multitasking, or corporate ladders. You are exactly what you have always been searching for. Which always reminds me of the Alanis Morissette song “That I Would Be Good”:
“That I would be good even if I did nothing
That I would be good even if I got the thumbs down
That I would be good if I got and stayed sick
That I would be good even if I gained ten pounds
That I would be fine even if I went bankrupt
That I would be good if I lost my hair and my youth
That I would be great if I was no longer queen
That I would be grand if I was not all knowing
That I would be loved even when I numb myself
That I would be good even when I am overwhelmed
That I would be loved even when I was fuming
That I would be good even if I was clingy
That I would be good even if I lost sanity
That I would be good
Whether with or without you”
These words are packed with such truth. There’s a reason they hit you right in the gut, or perhaps bring tears to your eyes. No matter how many times I listen to the song I feel the feels, I shed the tears, I give myself the time to “be still and know” that I don’t need to do or be anything to be better. I am better, I am good and none of that depends on anything outside of me.
Like a maple tree in the winter when the sap retreats to its’ roots, only to return once the warmth of the light kisses its’ limbs. Our truest self is available the moment we’re still enough to let the light fill us with awareness.