We are more than what we think. More then our body, more than our feelings, more than our thoughts. There is a core in us which remains the same, an essence which is our basic self.
We are our body. But we are also more than our body. Sometimes the body can take up so much awareness that we get the impression that we are our body. This can happen when experiencing strong pain, or sometimes when we feel intense ecstasy.
Sometimes it also happens that we identify ourselves with our thoughts or emotions. But both are changeable and not always the same. One day we can feel happy, one day unhappy. One day our thoughts revolve around our dreams and hopes for the future, another day they can’t do anything but think of what can go wrong. They change all the time.
Still we have a tendency to identify with our emotions and thoughts. We believe we are them, and it is all that we are, for a shorter or longer period of time.
It can be very beneficial to get help, if the identification stays and won’t let go. The idea is to disassociate yourself from the emotions and thoughts. To break the pattern so it’s possible to look at a situation in a different way.
A typical thing can be when the same pattern repeats itself again and again. If an irritation over a behaviour keeps appearing. If you have the same reaction again and again. Or if you always react the same way in certain situations.
This is usually a sign that there’s something worth looking into.
It is important to understand what we are more than our body, our feelings and our thoughts. By learning that truth, we can distance ourselves from the reactive self, and instead start to work creatively with our various selves.
By this, we can change our emotions to be our helpers, instead of them becoming our identity.