Posts Tagged ‘objective’

The Balcony of Introspection

March 1, 2010

The more you can step back and view whatever happens as an impartial observer, rather than as a victim, the more peaceful you will be.

Much of our inner turbulence reflects the fear of loss: our dependence on people, circumstances, and things not really under our control. On some level we know that death, indifference, rejection, repossession, or high tide may leave us bereft in the morning. Still, we clutch desperately at things we cannot finally hold. Nonattachment is the most realistic of attitudes. It is freedom from wishful thinking, from always wanting things to be otherwise.
Marilyn Ferguson

Paramahansa Yogananda urged his devotees to “look dispassionately at the drama of your life from the balcony of introspection.”

To become a spectator of one’s own life is to escape the suffering of life.
Oscar Wilde

Impartially observing the circumstances of a loved one’s life may be more difficult. After all, you (more…)