The ego will reach into the darkest corners of your mind in hopes of pulling you into unconsciousness. Know that whatever comes to the surface is not yours and has nothing to do with your true self. So many thoughts have been absorbed by your mind that you could never be bound to all of them. You don’t need to take personal responsibility for what arises in every given moment. Your true responsibility lies in your reaction, and this becomes the determining factor in what lies ahead. How you react in the present moment is a prediction of the future. Will it be pain or the compassion that is acceptance? You have the power to choose.