Who Am I?

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"Who Am I?" - an article by Michael Done

Here’s a little light-hearted meditation I’ve been playing with lately.  It peels back some layers of what might be called the “circumstantial me”.  As each layer peels away, I look around smilingly to see what’s left of me, and I ask the question afresh … “Who Am I?”

When I forget what day of the week it is
or what it was that I came into the room for,
who am I?

When I forget if I have a job
or what it is,
who am I?

When I forget if anyone is expecting anything from me today
or if I owe anything to anyone,
who am I?

When I forget whether I’m married or not
or if I have children,
who am I?

When I forget whether I’m a woman or a man
or what I look like or sound like,
who am I?

When I forget my age
or where I was born,
who am I?

When I forget whether I’m talented or not
or forget my greatest achievements and worst failures,
who am I?

When I forget if anyone knows me
or loves me,
who am I?

When I forget my current state of health
and whether I’m experiencing pain or pleasure,
who am I?

When I forget if I have any pressing problems at the moment
and forget whatever it was I was dreaming of or hoping for,
who am I?

When I forget my own name
or forget who I’ve always imagined myself to be,
who am I?

When I forget how to speak my own language
and how to even think in it,
who am I?

And when I simply forget the question …


Notes:
Thanks to Ekhart Tolle for sowing the seeds from which this little meditation sprang.

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