Complete Freedom in Immediacy of Perception

The more you are involved in the story—in the data streams—the more there is the perception of suffering, but that’s not what we are really talking about. What we are really talking about is the efficacy of short moments many times. Now, what is initially a distraction or an enormous story about whatever it is—your personal history, someone else’s personal history, or the nature of the universe—by the power of short moments many times, you attain mastery over the story. Initially the story is very compelling, but eventually there is complete freedom in relation to the story. It doesn’t matter if the story is there or not. You can have endless stories about the nature of the universe, endless stories about the nature of yourself, but there’s freedom in the immediacy of the perception of all of those.