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The Daily Dharma – August 23, 2021

Continuing from The Untethered Soul

Oil painting still life of two bright red peppers and a yellow-green copper vase in a setting of white, red and orange fabrics. Red Peppers, Green Vase, Original oil on canvas, 4" x 10" Framed prints and canvases, digital download, commercial and advertising licensing of photographs by Seamus Berkeley.
One, Two Painting Seamus Berkeley

The bottom line is, you’ll never be free of problems until you are free from the part within that has so many problems. When a problem is disturbing you, don’t ask, “What should I do about it?” Ask, “What part of me is being disturbed by this?” If you ask, “What should I do about it” you’ve already fallen into believing that there really is a problem outside that must be dealt with. If you want to achieve peace in the face of your problems, you must understand why you perceive a particular situation as a problem. If you’re feeling jealousy, instead of trying to see how you can protect yourself, just ask, “What part of me is jealous?” That will cause you to look inside and see that there’s a part of you that’s having a problem with jealousy.

Michael Singer
from The Untethered Soul
Chapter: Your Inner Roommate