To be identified with your mind is to be trapped in time: the compulsion to live almost exclusively through memory and anticipation. This creates an endless preoccupation with past and future and an unwillingness to honor and acknowledge the present moment and allow it to be. The compulsion arises because the past gives you an identity and the future holds the promise of salvation, of fulfillment in whatever form. Both are illusions.
The Power of Now: A Guide to Spiritual Enlightenment
(Via Bethany Slapinski)
You are responsible for yourself and your behaviors, nothing more. Act with love towards everyone, including yourself, but do not take on the suffering of others and do not expect anything from anyone.
How do I know I’m probably not enlightened yet?
Watching an interview of a teacher by the name of Bentinho Massaro and I’m feeling some pretty definite jealousy. He’s a twenty three year old young man, four years younger than me, who is already teaching, and seems to have some pretty serious realization.