The Hide Self View function in Zoom allows you to hide your own webcam in meetings. This is not just a practical solution, but also a powerful metaphor for what we can do to bring some more peace into our minds and lives.
All of our suffering (except for physical pain) comes from identification. Identifying ourselves with something. The identification makes us so attached to who we tell ourselves we are, that if any of that diminishes or falls away, we go into suffering. We feel so attached to these beliefs of who we are that we feel like we lose (part of) ourselves, should we lose any of them.
Did you know our minds can only have one thought at a time? Even when we think we are thinking of multiple things at once, it’s just one thought after another. These thoughts come so fast and succeed each other so smoothly that it can seem like it's just one big thought. How we can use this fact to our advantage will become apparent when we look at negative thoughts.