Some of the books that people read provide lessons or introspection into their life in one way or another and may even change their lives. The Untethered Soul by Michael Singer is not only one of those books that provides those life lessons, but really makes the reader think about their own thought patterns and processes, the way in which one react to things, and how one looks at life overall. It would be safe to say that this book is a game changer for someone looking to change their mindset, reframing their thinking patterns, and soothe the soul.
The Untethered Soul focused on the one thing that people know the most about in their lives: themselves. It provides the reader the opportunity to look at their thoughts and how it affects them. The book advises the reader to take a deep dive, figure out why one is thinking the way that they do, and then ultimately let it go. It says that the reader’s thoughts are not them. One’s thoughts can be perceptions of the world, but they are not necessarily reality (and no, I don’t mean conspiracy theories). It sounds obvious, right? The book acknowledges that even though one may have a bad day, or it may be uncomfortable to change those thought patterns, it’s okay to feel this way; it’s important to let it go after this occurs, though. The principles that are outlined in this book tend to signify that without all the noise in one’s head, one can be clearer and more present and be able to enjoy life more as death is imminent for all of us.
As I mentioned previously, this book is a game changer and this is no different for me. Call it nerdy, but I enjoyed being able to look at myself and figure out why I think the way that I do, examine those thoughts, and reframe them as well as my reaction to the outside world. I’ve always wanted to make the change, but never really knew how or was just not open to it as much as I am now. I’ve always been someone that is analytical and always wonders “why?”. However, I have never really been all that introspective. I can also tend to have negative thoughts that will get me to the point of animosity, and I may react in ways that are not healthy. I’ve also manufactured thoughts and assumptions about myself and people that are not true (again, I don’t mean conspiracy theories), which end causing me stress, anxiety, and depression. This book has really helped me to analyze my thoughts closely to figure out if it is something that is worth the time and energy to be bothered about.
I’ve noticed that I’ve been taking a step back from myself to figure out if this is something that I need to react to in a certain way or if it’s something that I can let go. Most of the time, it’s safe to say that it’s something that I can just let go. I’ve spent days focused on a particular thought that may not be making me happy or is negative in every way, but I realize now that it’s not worth it. I’ve got bigger and better things to attend to. My goal with this book is to not only continue to look at my thoughts and reactions, but also be more open and bolder in my thoughts and actions and take up meditating more consistently. Of course, this is an ongoing process and will not happen overnight. I’m looking forward to that smoother ride with myself instead of feeling like there is constant turbulence.