Anyone who has ever used a PA system will know that if the microphone picks up sound from the speakers a feedback loop is created. The sound gets continually reamplified and you hear a painful, ear splitting squeal.
Our mental suffering operates in much the same way. Whenever our self-identity is threatened our feelings begin to jangle. Thoughts then rise up to escape the bodily distress and we start judging and blaming others, or ourself, which only serves to raise our anxiety levels higher. Then come more thoughts to escape the added discomfort, bringing more anxiety, bringing more thoughts, and on and on it goes until we’re completely overwhelmed.
Where do we go from here?
We feel our feet on the ground. Notice the breath. In through the nose… out through the mouth.
Instead of running off into the next thought, we connect with the bodily discomfort. We feel its edgy, rawness. We begin to discover that it’s ok, that there’s no need to escape into thinking. We become more confident in being the aware openess that allows all of life’s energies to express. We begin to understand how this whole play is appearing and disappearing in our true, limitless nature, that could never be overwhelmed.
That shift in perception is like moving the microphone away from the speakers. The loop is broken, the shrill screech subsides, and our unique voice rings out as a clear reflection of its source.