There is only one decision we need to make: We are either working on our Freedom or we are accepting our bondage.
When mind-storm strikes – cut or unplug. Avoid engaging in any story or analysis. Instead, immediately cut the juice of attention and unplug from the mind current. This is the marvelousness of impersonal witnessing; that simply by keeping one’s attention in the state of neutrality, mind returns to its natural abode as unborn awareness.
I’m simply saying that there is a way to be sane. I’m saying that you can get rid of all this insanity created by the past in you. Just by being a simple witness of your thought processes. It is simply sitting silently, witnessing the thoughts, passing before you. Just witnessing, not interfering not even judging, because the moment you judge you have lost the pure witness. The moment you say “this is good, this is bad”, you have already jumped onto the thought process. It takes a little time to create a gap between the witness and the mind. Once the gap is there, you are in for a great surprise, that you are not the mind, that you are the witness, A watcher. And this process of watching is the very alchemy of real religion. Because as you become more and more deeply rooted in witnessing, thoughts start disappearing. You are, but the mind is utterly empty. That’s the moment of enlightenment. That is the moment that you become for the first time an unconditioned, sane, really free human being.
Rumi speaking to a crowd muses:
Watch out for those blood suckers from hell —
cause they’re everywhere.
And the crowd wisely retorts:
“That sounds serious –what do they look like, any hints;
are they usually disguised?”
Rumi again: Yes, usually, they are awful tricky!
“How then to detect them?”
I have noticed
their eyes will narrow and their faces begin to squint
if they hear good poetry.
from “Love Poems from God, Twelve Sacred Voices from the East and West”, By Daniel Ladinsky