Are you experiencing post-pandemic stress or trying to calm anxiety about an uncertain future?
It’s believed that Apollo’s temple at Delphi in ancient Greece was a place where people would go over 500 BCE seeking answers from the transcendent; answers to questions like, “What should I do with my life? or How can I find happiness? “
While these are important questions, the two words of wisdom carved into the stone entrance are “Know thyself”.
Socrates taught, “To know thyself is the beginning of wisdom.”
According to spiritual teacher Eckhart Tolle, unless you know yourself from a larger perspective, the conditioned mind will continue to create the same dramas over and over. Knowing yourself at the deepest level shifts identity from the form to the formless, from ‘me’ to something more profound and authentic.
Left unchecked, old mind structures will unconsciously recreate the same things and the same kinds of relationships.
Tolle states, “We don’t need to think about how to create a better world, a better world arises out of the awakened consciousness.”
Mindfulness and meditation practice removes barriers to source, inviting a direct relationship with the transcendent.
Tolle suggests identifying what is relatively important vs what is absolutely important… a connection with the Source.
Inviting moments of spaciousness and stillness into thinking quiets the monkey mind that is always trying to figure things out. From here it’s possible to bring a deeper knowing that isn’t as likely to get stuck on the level of duality, separation, and thinking.
This is also important in relationships with others. Recognizing the other in yourself is the realization of oneness and unconditional love where compassion and empathy can be felt.
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Blog is written by Kimberly Ruggiero.
Kimberly Ruggiero is a long-time meditator. She also works as a transformational coach and artist. She has a BS in Chemistry, MA in Consciousness Studies and studied at the Lyme Academy College of Fine Art. Kim has training in MBSR and is certified through the Engaged Mindfulness Institute.