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If there is one book which I referred to everyone I spoke to since I read it, it is Untethered soul. The book has a soul which moves your soul to do what is the need of the hour. I read so many books on spirituality and awareness but no other book could convince me the need for meditation as much as this book did. It is one of the best reads of 2020. You may find the concept repetitive but it is just to drive home the point. The analogies Singer uses makes the concepts imprinted in your mind for future retrieval.
Ch1 The voice inside your head
When energy builds up inside, you want to do something about it. When you talk, that energy gets released.
Ch 2 Your inner roommate
The inner roommate keeps chattering all the time. No solution is possible if you are lost in the energy of the problem. “Who sees this? Who notices the inner disturbance” Asking these questions is the solution to your every problem.
Ch3 Who are you?
Exploring the question “Who am I?” helps you go deeper inside.
Ch4 The Lucid self
Our awareness is constantly lost in the objects around us. Whenever you want to recenter, say hello to the inside world and listen to the voice
Ch5 Infinite energy
There is infinite energy available. Food doesn’t help much when you are mentally and emotionally drained. But when you are in love, you have unlimited energy and you are never tired. To unlock this unlimited energy all the time, you need to be open and receptive. You block your heart to situations based on your previous experiences but that is just cutting you from your source of energy but not really protecting you.
Ch6 The secrets of spiritual heart
When you keep closing your heart, you start storing energy patterns called samskaras. Once they fill up, it will lead to a state of depression.
Ch7 Transcending the tendency to close
The more you protect yourself, there is little spontaneous joy and excitement. When you start watching your thoughts and stop blocking your heart, the real spiritual growth happens and you feel the change in energy levels
Ch8 Let go now or fall
Life gives you problems to grow. If you start protecting yourself from problems, they will get tougher. If you let go in the beginning, a growth happens and it doesn’t reoccur.
Ch9 Removing your inner thorn
When you have an insecurity inside you and you avoid situations which will activate them will not help in your growth. When it gets activated, notice it like a third person.
Ch10 Stealing freedom from your soul
Mind always tells you that you need to change the outside world to fix your inner problems. Relieve the mind from its job of fixing the outside world for you. When it tells you to do something, don’t participate in the conversation.
Ch11 Pain, the price of freedom
Change involves challenging what is familiar to us and daring to question our traditional needs for safety, comfort and control.
Ch12 Taking down the walls
The more you sit in the seat of witness, the more you feel independent.
Ch 13 Far, far beyond
To go beyond, you must keep going past the limits that you put on things. Your mental model bothers you, because it doesn’t incorporate reality. When you stop doing things which make you comfortable, you see why you are doing them. There are two ways you can live: you can devote your life to staying in your comfort zone, or you can work on your freedom
Ch 14 – Letting go of false solidity
Clinging creates the bricks and mortar with which we build a conceptual self. If you stop clinging, you will see why the tendency to cling was there.
Ch 15 – The path of unconditional happiness
In life, there is only one choice to make – Do you want to be happy? But we often confuse this with external conditions. The question really means is “Do you want to be happy irrespective of whatever happens?” Any condition you create will limit your happiness.
Ch 16 – The spiritual path of nonresistance
Stress only happens when you resist life’s events. You are generally using will to resist – that which has already happened or which hasn’t happened yet
Ch17 – Contemplating death
You don’t need more time before death. Live every moment of you life and let it fill you completely