ZEN THINKING: The world doesn’t happen to you—you happen to it.

Source: http://www.zenthinking.net/poetry/the-world-doesnt-happen-to-youyou-happen-to-it

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The activity of selfing is just that,
it’s an activity.

You actively insert your “self” into everything you perceive,
turning everything into a story about I, me, my and mine.

If you want to end the struggle
that seems to define your entire life,
then simply stop the activity of “me”,
and be free at once.

Just stop your selfing.
Stop creating something out of nothing!

Realize that your struggle isn’t real;
it’s created entirely by you.

Your mind reaches for concepts to attach itself to,
which you then define yourself by,
without even questioning their validity, their source, or their relevance
—without realizing that you’ve attached your entire emotional well-being
onto nothing but an imagined idea that you assume to be true.

You live inside the story you tell yourself,
rather than in reality itself.

You live in a dreamworld,
shaped by your fears and desires,
all of which revolve around your conditioning,
and however you personally prefer to control the nature of reality,
so that it cedes to your every egoic whim.

It must be realized that the stories
you tell yourself about the world are untrue.

You give duration to that which is otherwise short.
In other words, you drag things on, and on, and on.

You refuse to let go of that which has already passed;
this is your suffering.

A dog barks in a nearby yard
—and he’s disturbing “your” peace;
so you proceed to work yourself into an anxious and angry mess.

A spot of coffee is spilled on a freshly pressed shirt
—and the entire world is somehow against “you”;
so you allow a micro-moment to negatively affect your entire day.

You observe a person simply living their life
—and yet “you” become offended by their choice;
so you stomp around and demand that they change their mind,
rather than you simply minding your own.

You demand respect,
yet you give none in return;
you believe everything revolves around you.

But the world doesn’t happen to you;
you happen to it.

You create whatever world
you choose to believe in.

Everything is your own projection.

Observe your habit of selfing;
be free of false imaginings.

The world isn’t what you think.

Ask yourself,
“What am I creating out of nothing?”

No longer suffer
from the erroneous concepts you tell yourself.

Remove your sense of a personal self
out of every experience entirely!

See, without applying any concepts.
Listen, without forming any criticism.

Just be,
without inserting any presupposed ideas
revolving around a personal “me”.

Realize that every moment is Absolute;
it is not relative to anything you imagine.

Experience life;
without wrapping it inside of a concept;
without dividing it with a subjective opinion;
without turning it into a melodramatic tragedy
that’s all about me, me, me.

Just be,
free of “me”.

This is the truth of reality.

by Brian Thompson



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