What is this thing that I call, “I”. What is it really? We think we know who we are—we have stories about ourselves. But what is it really? We have our own limited human perception of things, and that's good, that helps us somewhat. But it's not the truth. We create stories and ideas then we believe them and we get farther and farther away from the experience of the moment.
This question, “What am I? What is this?”, brings us back to the moment. If we can stop the story for a moment, then we can actually experience, “What is this?" But as the story is just running, we're just believing the old stories again and again and again.
By Zen Master Bon Soeng