the body is convinced that it is here to be served. it wants to relax & be gently, respectfully cared for. the emotions are convinced that feeling happy & comfortable is most highly desirable to attain & maintain. the mind is convinced that it is here to take charge of circumstances. the Self is learning that it is not the body, the emotions or the mind. the Self is that which remains after all the transitory things & beings have exhausted their stories & actions. that which yet remains steady has seen it all come & go, for the Self is the Witness to the rising & falling. the world no longer intones its low hypnotic & alluring call to draw me in, or maybe i just no longer pay attention. i'm listening for Shiva now. He must be near because i can feel the deep pull of His power. i await the next development in my journey home to Shiva. it will probably require yet more patience, endurance & alert observation. i have never yet encountered anything that did not benefit from it.