I was rushing at work, my ‘mind’ wanted to get to the future more than it wanted to be in the now.

I didn’t notice my mind’s wanting, and so anxiety was born.

I noticed the anxiety. I then noticed that it was born from not noticing my mind’s wanting.

Thank you anxiety for showing up.

Without you, I would never know Who I am. I love you anxiety and I’ll understand if you have to go, now that you have reminded me to notice you. Thanks again for reminding me of Who I am.

The next day a work, my boss criticized me unfairly.

My ‘mind’ produced a judgment of the criticism. I didn’t notice the judgment. Upset was born from the unnoticed judgment.

Then I noticed the upset. I noticed it was born from not noticing my mind’s judgment.

Thank you upset for showing up.

Without you, I would never know Who I am. I love you upset and I’ll understand if you have to go, now that you have reminded me to notice you. Thanks again for reminding me of Who I am.

On the way home I got a flat tyre. My ‘mind’ produced a resistance to the flat tyre.

I didn’t notice the resistance. Frustration was born from the unnoticed resistance.

Then I noticed the frustration. I noticed it was born from not noticing my mind’s resistance.

Thank you frustration for showing up.

Without you, I would never know Who I am. I love you frustration and I’ll understand if you have to go, now that you have reminded me to notice you. Thanks again for reminding me of Who I am.

The next day I went to work early and got a lot done before the other staff arrived. My boss did not commend me for getting the job completed on time.

I noticed that my ‘mind’ produced no judgments this time, and no upset was experienced.

I could see now that my boss’ criticism or lack of praise was not the real cause of the past work-upsets I’d felt.

My boss noticed my changed demenor and his attitude toward me began to change — it seemed lighter and more relaxed.

My boss thanked me for showing up.

Thank you ‘mind’ for all your past showing ups.

Without observing my mind, I’d never have known Who I really am. I love you ‘mind’ and I’ll understand if you don’t produce any more judgments and resistances, now that I’ve been reminded to notice what you do both in me and for me.

~ by Peter Dimitriou, From his forthcoming book: Awareness I Am … Identifications I Am Not … For Pete’s Sake!.

Thank You For Showing Up

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