The Quiet Mind
The decision to take your ego out of the picture and see what is really in front of you.
Compare birth with death, compare death with life; compare what is possible with what is not possible and compare what is not possible with what is possible; because there is, there is not, and because there is not, there is. Chuang Tzu (c.360 BC - c. 275 BC)
What if I told you that everything you thought you knew about whom you are and what is really happening in your life was all an illusion? Would you immediately quit reading this post, or would you want to find out just where this would all lead?
Many times we go through our lives not really living, but simply existing; going through the motions not connecting to anyone. Concentrating on the next thing you feel you need to acquire for one reason or another. How is it that this became your reality? Did you one day just decide that it was not worth the effort of making a stand, or did it happen purely unconsciously? It is easier to follow the crowd not making any stands one way or the other I admit that having done it many times myself. However, there will come a point where you are required to make a judgment call to “wake up” and step outside the illusion.
Many of my clients have made this decision and came to the conclusion that things are really not important. This idea that we have to get more and more stuff bigger, better, larger, extreme no longer fits their bill of what is important. They understand that there is something different to obtain, but how to get there and what exactly it is most times is out of their comprehension. When someone comes to me with this sort of dilemma I tell them to pray.
Some clients say that they do pray a lot they pray that things will change; they pray that the person they want to be moved by them comes to their senses eventually. They pray that they want things to happen which make their lives easier less stressed more manageable. I then tell them that the first thing they need to pray for is to quiet their mind from all of these desires.
It is in the silence of your mind that you will find your peace and the reason for your being where you are in the present. Once you realize that you can find your peace in this quietness you will realize the following: It is not to obtain things, it is to obtain nothing; it is not to force your will on others, it is to allow others to be where they are. It is not to focus on what you do not have; it is to focus on how to do for others. The moment of enlightenment sheds its light when you finally understand that you do not have to seek peace outside of yourself and you can finally embrace change.
Many clients who have started this journey have made comments that when they meditate, or pray even for 5 minutes they notice that they become more aware afterwards. What is occurring here is that they are becoming “spiritually awakened.” In this heightened state the mind has the ability to reach out to the etheric levels where greater consciousness exists.
Most of society is brought up to believe that seeking answers or peace within the body is not what brings happiness. To them happiness is on the latest TV show, radio, or magazine. Where the problems begin with this idea of inner peace is in the instance where the individual cannot afford the item. What if you as an individual cannot buy what they say you need? You start to feel as if you are less than worthy. It can create such a sense of imbalance that you start to worry you will never have true happiness. For those who go into a panic mode this endless cycle can cause chaos in all areas of life.
Once an individual comes to the point in their life where they understand that it is not the “thing” that creates peace it is the act of going within, then they start to realize that they are more satisfied with their life. It is in the act of conscious awareness where the individual transcends the need for the physical and enters into spiritual peace
By no means do you need to be so wrapped up in this spiritual peace that you have to reject those around you who care for you and want the best for you. What happens when you reach this peace is that you will find others will want to know what you have done why you are so much more content. Passing on this change in you will help them to understand that they too can have less stress, and be more joyful with what they already have.
You are blessed simply because you breathe be joyful in where you are, and know that today you can be the change you seek.