“All is as thinking makes it so.
It is not the world of matter or our bodies and their desires and pleasures or their pains and griefs or the opinion of others that controls us; it is reason that by its careful judgement creates an autonomy of the rational self.”
– Marcus Aurelius, Meditations –
When I read this thought written by Marcus Aurelius, I had to read it several times to let it sink in.
As I am new to his work, I will not pretend to understand it all right away. I will re-read his words many times, I am sure.
But what resonated in myself was that my mind creates the pain if I let it. And I can choose to observe my thoughts and Know that I am not my thoughts.
If I choose to pause between Stimulus and Response I create Freedom. As in that moment I become the observer of my thoughts and emotions. I don’t Become them.