I know a short story that tells what happened at the author of the Ramaiana: one of the most beloved poems in India, The name of this great poet was Valmiki. One day Valmiki was walking trough a forest when he saw something that changed his day. During his walk Valmiki reached a pond where there were a young deer with his mother to drink the water. “This is a moment of great beauty” Valmiki said and then he stretched out on the grass to enjoy the scene. Shortly after a hunter’s harrow struck the little dear and killed him. In front of the torment of the mother for her puppy, Valmiki without thinking about it twice launched a curse against the hunter:” May you loose your mind peace for many years”. Then on the way back to his house Valmiki thought again about his reaction, how he could react without restraint, he was fascinated by his human side. When he arrived at home that evening he received the visit of the lord Brahma. The king of thre universe ordered him to write the poem The Ramaiana using the same rhythm that he had used in his curse against the hunter.

Valmiki in this story it represent the awareness. He observed his impulsive reaction in front of the killed deer, as someone who is observing a landscape. he did’nt judge himself to have cast his curse he only observed: fascinated as if he was observing a new landscape, no matter if it was arid or floral, sunny or stormy. He was present to what was happening to himself, awareness it comes from the ability to observe things as they are. And so the ability not to be identified with the personal ego.

Yes. Only not allowing the ego to appropriate what passes trough us we will not identify with all that happens, and so doing we will be free to observe and become aware. to be continued…