If you already read my story about a recent experience to attempt to transcend suffering, you’ll already know how much the song Tomorrow by Miner assisted in the process. The lyrics? Beautifully repeated harmonies of…
“Let the wave wash over me, let the wave wash over me, I am already under.”
The key here was, “I am already under.” I was so emotionally distraught, that these words provided me much needed solace.
This too shall pass.
But what happens when I get exceptionally great news that makes my entire being bubble up with excitement and I just want to burst out with an enthusiastic squeak and maybe even a little jump?!?
This is where it gets interesting… as it’s easy to want the “bad” stuff to wash over me, the nature of reality is that the “good” stuff will too.
This too shall pass.
What’s interesting about this, is, how we [hoomans] define things that we experience as “good” or “bad”. Who has actually decided this? You, at the purest level of your being, are the experiencer. You, at your core, are consciousness with the ability to witness the unfolding of life before you. We’ve all heard the “you are not your body”, but you are also not your mind, you are not your thoughts, you are not your emotions. This may sound out there but take a moment to ponder this — your thoughts, emotions, and ideas about life are constantly changing. How could this be you?
If you can take a moment to take a seat in Self, that is, truly just experience these moments of “good” or “bad” as identified by your body, thoughts, and emotions, you will begin to experientially understand who is watching — you.
And this is where the magic happens. From the seat of Self, you can actually let the wave wash over you — you can let life flow through you. You will slowly begin to transcend the suffering that usually accompanies a flat tire on the way to work or a partner moving on. Let it flow through you. You will slowly transcend the attachment that comes with expecting your car will operate at 100% efficiency 100% of the time, or expecting a partner to always be with you although we are all going to die anyway (stoic spoiler alert). Let it flow through you.