The Self: Hurting or Helping

“To be like the rock that the waves keep crashing over. It stands unmoved and the rage of the sea falls still around it.”

— Marcus Aurelius

To have a point of stillness, and keep it inside. We all want this, and crisis makes that crystal clear.

“It is easy in the world to live after the world’s opinion; it is easy in solitude to live after our own; but the great man is he who in the midst of the crowd keeps with perfect sweetness the independence of solitude.”

— Ralph Waldo Emmerson in A Higher Loyalty

Quarantined, our interconnectedness is laid bare.
Not a want, but a real need.
Connection. Life or death.

“As the sun, who is the eye of the world, cannot be tainted by the defects in our eyes nor by the objects it looks on, so the one Self, dwelling in all, cannot be tainted by the evils of the world. For this Self transcends all! Katha II. 2.11

— The Upanishads

A sense of self becomes refined. Matured.
I alone am enough.
Still and unmoved.

Even dependent.
I alone am still enough.

Accepting dependency, I am made more than I alone.

Transcendent in wholeness.
The Shining Self.

How do you define the self?
Your thougts? Your body? Your actions?
Your history, family, and contributions?
Where do you end?
Where do you begin?

When I feel myself in crisis I hurt, and I need help.
When I feel ‘all’ in crisis I help those who are hurt.

Hurting or helping is a choice of perspective granted by our definition of self.

6 thoughts on “The Self: Hurting or Helping

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  1. Thank you, Chris! I have really liked these quotes you have included here. I find this interesting article. I feel like i am also an independent guy who is not easily movable by an outsider.
    I don’t want to miss out on your future writings, thus I have followed your blog. 🙂

    Kiran Kandel

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      1. You’re welcome! 🙂
        I cannot wait to read your future articles! Yes, I do love reading quotes of Buddha.

        Also, may I ask you for a small favor? As you have such wonderful writing, would you mind going through my blog once? I would love to hear your recommendations. Thank you!

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