If there is anybody we spend the most time with it is ourselves. We are with ourselves, right from the time that we are born. We know of others only through occasional interactions or hearsay. We are in reality not really familiar even with our parents, brothers or sisters.
Despite spending a life time with ourselves we are hardly aware of our inner selves.
That is because our mind forms an effective shield to who we really are. Out mind deceives us so very artfully that we are hardly aware of it. Our pure inner self is covered by layers of clever deception wrought by our mind.
Who we think we are and who we really are completely different. In our minds we are the smartest, the kindest and the most sincere human being on earth. We are the “knight in shining armor” in our mind’s eye.
On the other hand, our mind will quickly pounce on all the faults and foibles of our near and dear. Our mind will tend to zero in on the negative traits of people and will try to position ourselves in a better light.
We never pause for a moment and try to reflect on who we really are. We never try to peel the layers of deceit which are mind wraps our understanding with and warps our view of reality. That is the real problem!
If we stop by to dig deeper into our inclinations, into our interests, into our likes and dislikes we may come up with things about ourselves that may not be too palatable. We may realize that we are in reality quite selfish, quite conceited and really unkind.
We may come up with the awful realization that we are not really doing anything worthwhile with our lives.
So I would suggest that you take a deep breath and say a “hello” to yourself.
Start by looking into your inner core. Try to peel of the layers of deceit that your mind had created all through these years. Try to go beyond the constant chatter of petty resentment, beyond the nagging of your mind and try to understand who you really are.
We should clear the dust, dirt and grime from our minds. Only then we may be able to see the mirror of our pure selves at our inner core.