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The Daily Dharma – August 30, 2021

Still life oil painting of three bright red tomatoes, placed on high horizon, juxtaposed against a bright light green fabric in the foreground and a dark background. Sliced Tomatoes, Original oil on canvas, 4" x 5" Framed prints and canvases, digital download, commercial and advertising licensing of photographs by Seamus Berkeley.
Sliced Tomatoes Painting Seamus Berkeley

The exploration of Self is inextricably interwoven with the unfolding of one’s life. The natural ups and downs of life can either generate personal growth or create personal fears. Which of these dominates is completely dependent on how we view change. Change can be viewed as either exciting or frightening, but regardless of how we view it, we must all face the fact hat change is the very nature of life. If you have a lot of fear, you won’t like change. You’ll try to create a world around you that is predictable, controllable, and definable. You’ll try to create a world that doesn’t stimulate your fears. Fear doesn’t want to feel itself; it’s actually afraid of itself. So you utilize the mind in an attempt to manipulate life for the purpose of not feeling fear.

Michael Singer
from The Untethered Soul