Returning to the Self
August 25, 2022
As I sit to write this, I wonder out loud – if you don’t recognize or know the Self, then how can you return to it? Many of us are struggling with this as we search to find more meaning in our lives. These past few years have been an exploration of loneliness and what it means to be in authentic connection with each other. I’ve witnessed the loneliness of my friends and how they handled (or did not handle) being with themselves. It became apparent to me that some of them have a hard time being with and sitting with the Self.
So, I’ve revised the question: why do we need to “return to the Self”? The yogis say it is vital to understand ourselves before we can help others; albeit, this idea of self-care leading and leaning towards collective care. What I know for sure is I want to fully know myself as much as possible because I am on the planet to discover and be curious and understand why I am alive in this moment in time. Often it is a scary journey: to know thyself is to learn what you will and will not deal with. You lose friends, you lose connections. The good news is you gain friends, you gain connections!
“So now if I ask you, ‘Who are you?’ you answer, ‘I am the one who sees. From back in here somewhere, I look our, and I am aware of the vents, thoughts, and emotions that pass before me.’ ~ Michael Singer, The Untethered Soul
Therefore, returning to the Self is important on the path of healing and restoration. And, it’s critical to helping others navigate their own lives.
How are YOU returning to the Self? I’d love to hear from you!