It is a big question. Let the answer come into the empty space that one must create in oneself. Trying to live simply is not the way – we don’t know how. Trying to fix it is filling the space with activity, when what is needed is to empty oneself and allow an answer to appear.  

I need to be calmer to work – not so anxious. You don’t own your feelings, they are given to you – like your body. It pisses when it wants to, eats when it wants to, and so on. These experiences are given to you. You are not in charge of your body, nor of your feelings – you do not know what they mean. So how can you judge what is right or wrong for you at a certain moment? Some feelings may be needed to protect yourself.

You do not know. Let it completely be. Just acknowledge what is – all sorts of movements and energies going on, the body passive, the mind attentive. Aware of body and mind and of that which is always there, above. From there, order appears in the psyche and in the body, through the light that animates them. In that relation, just be.

To be present is not that hard – if you wish. If you earnestly wish to do something – poof – it’s done! So in moments of wishing we could be present, all we need is a more pressing wish.

Michel de Salzmann