By Miguel Chen
Just who are you?
Well, I guess it is easy to answer…it’s just not easy to answer well.
You might be quick to offer up basic descriptors like
Some things, we all have in common. We are all human beings. We all have thoughts and bodies. We all feel happiness, sadness, anger, love. But who exactly is feeling all of these things? If your likes and dislikes, your job, your role, even your body
You’ve probably had the inkling at one point or another that we are somehow more than our bodies.
It’s a fairly common idea. A less common but very interesting one is that we are also not our thoughts. In some spiritual
Thanks to my own spiritual practice, I’ve come to some semblance of an understanding of who we actually are. It goes something like this: We are all, everyone and everything, part of one thing. We’re interconnected. (I am far from the first to say that, of course, but everything changed when I saw it for myself.) And everything that has ever happened is exactly what brought us here, where we are, as we are now. In this
Our bodies may stop breathing and living, but this “something more” that we’re all part of never dies. It
Another thing you should know about your deeper self—and everyone else’s, for that matter—is that it is, at its foundational level, good.
I know it might not always seem that way. It’s often easy to get down on ourselves and forget this, but we are good at our core. I know this can be an incredibly hard concept to buy into. Many of us have spent our entire lives disconnected from this truth. Still, I believe that a part of you, no matter how buried, knows this.
My hope is by the end of this book that part can come out of hiding, and you can catch a glimpse of your inner goodness.
Miguel Chen is the bass player for long-running punk rock band Teenage Bottlerocket. He is a meditation practitioner, a yoga instructor, and the owner of Blossom Yoga Studio in Laramie and Cheyenne, Wyoming. In addition to appearing in countless Teenage Bottlerocket press pieces, Miguel has been featured by Lion’s Roar, PunkNews, Full Contact Enlightenment, LionsRoar.com, Modern Vinyl, Chris Grosso’s MindPod podcast, and more. He lives in Laramie, Wyoming.
Editor: Dana Gornall
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