Our experience of life comes from the stories we tell. In the moment, there is only what is happening right now, but then our egos step in to shape and mold the events of now into a narrative we believe. The second we start telling these stories, we disconnect from the truth of what is. In any moment, we are without limits. We have the potential to draw any experience we wish depending on where we place our focus and intent. But the second our egos start to tell the story about the moment, the vast and unlimited beings we truly are become small. Our Divine beings are infinite, but our egos convince us we are tiny.
Any event or any moment just is. There is no judgment about that moment, only pure experience of whatever we are doing, being, feeling, and noticing. However, in the hands of the ego looking back, that moment of pure experience becomes something else altogether. It becomes a story we tell ourselves or others through our thoughts and words. That moment, which was pure, is filtered through all of the lenses through which we see the world. It goes from pure experience to pure narrative as we tell and retell the story of that moment. In the retelling, the story is disconnected from the truth because the truth is that in that moment, it was pure experience, and now we've added context and subtext. We've assigned motivation and meaning that have everything to do with how we see the world and nothing to do with the pure, simple truth of a moment in time.
The ego looking forward also tells stories. None of us knows what the future will bring, but it doesn't stop us from projecting. We worry and fret. We create scenarios. We tell a whole story around something that hasn't even happened yet and in doing so, we create the filters through which we will very likely experience that moment when it arrives because we have generated expectation, which acts as a magnet that draws that very experience to us at lightning speed.
We all have stories, and those stories become our experience because thoughts--whether negative or positive--attract energy of a similar vibration. So here's my suggestion for a happier life. Try to stay in the moment and in the experience. Notice when ego starts to tell stories. Do those stories make you feel good, or do they make you feel bad? Are the stories even true? Why do you need to perpetuate those stories after the moment has passed or before the moment has arrived? Do the stories somehow enhance your experience? Notice your stories as they arise, but don't own them. While you may believe they are yours, they aren't. The are merely your ego sharing its agenda. Notice them and let them drift away. Then, decide the experience you chose to have and focus on that, instead. You alone determine your experience of every moment as it comes. You alone decide which stories you attach to it, and in doing so, you alone determine your experience.
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