The story of Me

The story of Me is something generated by the mind in cooperation with the body. When I think of myself as Me, the physical response of the body is to create tension. It's possible that what feels like Me isn't anything at all but a reaction to the environment which includes thoughts.

Suffering is when those thoughts become a burden. Regret, self-criticism and anger are all collected into a narrative to create bondage. What Me wants is to be free from the bondage and it creates a struggle against life to make it happen. That's the story.

When the story is challenged in some way it becomes obvious that Me is unreal. Challenging the story can come from facing fears, questioning beliefs or literally throwing everything away to see what happens. Nothing can convince Me that it doesn't exist though. Life needs to be encountered in a way that Me is exposed.

What exposes Me is context. The larger the context the greater opportunity there is for a story to lose weight. Plot points fall apart, characters lose importance. The entire arc has to shift to accommodate whatever the context is.

This is the context for Me.

The act of reading these words, along with every other experience, feeling or thought can be used as part of a narrative. When attention shifts from the narrative to the context of experience the story becomes irrelevant. That's because the story of Me can only go so far. It's limited to the play of body and mind.

What's beyond body and mind is the context for experience. This is also the background for every experience. Taking myself serious is putting focus on the story instead of the context. That's what creates all of the suffering.

When the story of Me isn't so important and there's more attention on the context of experience, flow is revealed. Flow is that intuitive guidance which works everything out. This is what it means to trust yourself. Attention shifts from the personal story to a deeper, more connected sense of how to be.