That voice in your head sounds like your own. Most people believe that this mind-chatter is who they are.
The voice nags you, tells you what to do, who not to trust. It cares a lot about what people think. It regrets the past, worries about the future, and dwells on problems. The voice in your head constantly lectures, wants to be right, yet is inconsistent and usually wrong. Yet no matter how crazy the thoughts get, you’ve taken them seriously.
Who is it that is listening to the voice? Who is observing the thoughts, seeing the sights, hearing the sounds? Who is the you that dreams in sleep—where these waking thoughts are not? Who is the you relaxed on the beach—where thinking blissfully eases?
You are watching and observing your mind, but you are not your mind.
Are you your body? Which body? The one you had when you were 12 years old? Or the one you have now? Is it not the same you both then and now?
You inhabit the body, but you are not the body.
Who is the “your” when I refer to your mind, your body, your problems, your situation, your identity?
You are the observer—the unchanging nothingness perceiving through mind and body. Here you are perfect, complete, safe and in peace—watching in silence and stillness from a realm that is beyond the physical. To forget this is to perceive lack, fear, and suffering. We continue tomorrow and each day after that.