Who am I?
I am <name>.
I am <x> years old.
I am a <profession>.
By continuing to ask "Who am I?" a person can inquire into the depths of identity. Ultimately, this sense of "who-ness", or personal identity, will push up against the boundary that separates me from the world.
This is where it's helpful to ask a subtler question:
What am I?
As long as I am inquiring into who I am, there can be a thin psychological film that obscures the view beyond personal identity. To see beyond that film, it can help to look into what I am.
What I am no longer has to be about identity, because it is not personified. It allows peeks into wherever "I" appears from.
At the level of what we are, there is no difference between you, me, and the world. All are outcroppings of infinity.
Anoop Kumar, MD, MM is board certified in Emergency Medicine and holds a Master’s degree in Management with a focus in Health Leadership. He practices in the Washington, DC metro area, where he also leads meditation gatherings for clinicians. He is the author of the book Michelangelo’s Medicine: How redefining the human body will transform health and healthcare. Follow him @DrAnoopKumar.