When I read these words by Michael Signer in The Untethered Soul, I had to do some serious self-reflection:
Just stop for a moment and see what you have given your mind to do. You said to your mind, “I want everyone to like me. I don’t want anyone to speak badly of me. I want everything I say and do to be pleasing and acceptable to everyone. I don’t want anyone to hurt me. I don’t want anything to happen that I don’t like. And I want everything to happen that I do like.”
Is it any wonder that our minds are constantly busy figuring out how to achieve all these things? We’re stressing ourselves out unnecessarily by trying to control every little outcome. Which is an exhausting way to live life.
Contrast this with those rare moments when we’re fully present and at peace with everything – doesn’t it feel like that’s when we’re really living, chefs?