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    How to Attain Emotional (and More Importantly, Mental) Stability


    If you’ve read my posts about my homeless experiences and other (mis)adventures, I’m sure you’ve had many thoughts running through your mind. One of my friends found them both sad and funny, at the same time.

    The worst problem I had wasn’t the experience of sleeping in my car; it was how I thought about the situation. My number one fear at the time was being roused by the police, a fear quickly put to rest by a friend of mine, who assured me that there were many people in my situation and the police had really eased up on getting people to move.

    This was later confirmed when I visited the police station to find out what the rules were. I found out that there’s a city bylaw in place which states you cannot sleep in your vehicles, anywhere in the city. The duty officer told me: “Whenever I go down to Dallas Road I see people sleeping in their vehicles all the time.”

    “Do I tell them to move on?”

    “No.” “The whole bylaw is complaints driven. Unless we receive a complaint, we don’t do anything about it.” For me, that was a huge relief.

    The next fear was being seen by people, which I couldn’t prevent. Yet after five nights in the open I didn’t have a problem. One morning when I was packing up (a bit late), a man came by with his dog. He said: “Hello,” the dog gave me a quick sniff, and they moved on.

    Getting back to my point, the challenge is mental stability, to question the reality of your thoughts and to see if anything thought is actually real.

    I leave you with a teaching by Adyashanti, which illustrates my point.

    Until next time.

    © Nathan Segal 2013.

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