When we sense who-we-are beyond thought, we feel our way into a completely empty moment, pregnant with the possibility of anything but full of nothing.
The left-brain-created identity “you” isn’t there. Your identity is created and recreated in each and every moment. There is no slightly better or slightly worse version of “you” camped out, waiting for you. Your stuff isn’t there. Your partner, as you see him or her in this instant, isn’t there.
Nothing is there, and that means absolutely anything can show up there.
Your brain will pull its concepts of you and your life through time to some extent, of course. It’s what minds do. But when you feel that happening, you don’t have to live within the confines of it.
The feeling of limitation or familiarity will wake you up to it. When you feel like only a sliver of the expansiveness of the entire universe is available to you, that feeling will wake you up and you’ll know that your mind is running the show. You’ll remember to stop and take a wider view, beyond what your mind thinks it knows.
We get to discover what wants to happen. Not what our mind tells us should happen.
The future is utterly and completely empty.
– Excerpt adapted from Just a Thought: A No-Willpower Approach to End Self-Doubt and Make Peace with Your Mind. Available now.