Most people on a spiritual path
don’t feel that life will ever get to a point that it is free of challenges –
but do feel that challenges will no longer confuse them out of what they know to be true.
When we have some glimpse of Wholeness – this ‘All is Well’ sense of life –
it's very helpful to then see challenges as opportunities
to find out if Peace is fleeting or ever present.
Not to assume either way but to directly find out in the moment.
Is Peace, our true nature, based on certain conditions
(my body being healthy or my loved one being sensitive)
or is Peace actually unconditional (present regardless of any condition)?
This we can’t fully discover by only sitting on a meditation cushion.
We can only discover if Peace is unconditional
in the midst of all kinds of conditions
such as an illness or a loved one’s insensitivity.
May all those reading this who are on a spiritual path
not waste this challenge we are now collectively facing
but fully open to it gifts.
Just as the sunflowers' inclination is to turn toward the Sun
regardless of what is happening around or within it,
may our intention for Truth hold steady
no matter what is happening.
The universal principle that peace is not only the end but the means
makes complete sense - when it relates to world peace.
But somehow when we turn within to inner peace
the understanding that peace is also the means
doesn't seem to make sense to many.
Many seekers continue to believe that they need to
change, fix, eliminate or fight with their thoughts and feelings
and don't consider the possibility of simply being peaceful with them.
Notice - how when you're not fighting with thoughts and feelings
you can sense a space around them.
Notice how powerful this peaceful noticing is -
and what it reveals.
Notice any tension in your body and see how it relaxes naturally.
Notice your breath and see how it deepens naturally.
No effort needed - the noticing does it all.
Allow Gratitude to flow into this Noticing.
Whenever you notice you have judged something and now feel contracted within -
breath consciously - with full attention on your breath.
Relax, allow, sense... Relax, allow, sense... Relax, allow, sense...
Some animals, like cats, have a homing instinct that scientists can’t figure out.
Somehow, they are equipped to sense their way
through many miles of unknown territory all the way home.
How much more does Life equip us for this ‘journey’ all the way Home?
Softly close your eyes, relax attention to your inbreath and outbreath
and on each outbreath notice what is already here.
Is your mind very active, largely with repetitive and negative thoughts?
Have you tried sitting meditation but found it’s just not for you?
For so long, I had a ‘monkey mind on steroids’
and sitting meditation was extremely uncomfortable for me
so I trusted that - I didn't force myself.
My body wanted to move so I brought my meditation
into my movements during the day.
I wore rubber bands on my wrist and put post it notes around my house and car
to help me remember to take a conscious breath, consciously sense Presence
and consciously be aware of thoughts and feelings moving through.
This was my practice whenever I was doing anything that didn't require thought.
Washing dishes, sweeping, walking, cooking, folding clothes, changing diapers, driving –
I found so many opportunities during my day for this meditation in movement.
The opportunity for meditation – sensing the truth of Being - is always now.
No matter what you’re doing – now is the opening.
No need to wait until you’re sitting in a certain posture, breathing in a certain way –
Now is just perfect.
Meditation is the openness to Now – now.
During all those decades on the self-improvement path
I believed the assumption that what I am needs improving.
I never even considered questioning that most basic assumption
because it seemed to be irrefutable.
But with self realization we’re open to letting go of all assumptions
and directly sensing now what we are.
No belief whatsoever filters this sensing.
It is direct.
Yet - it does seem a bit contradictory
that when we do sense the truth of our being directly
and realize our nature as whole and complete –
there is then a kind of ‘improvement’ that unfolds.
But rather than an improvement of Self
it’s more like an improvement of
our understanding and our sensing and our expressing of Self.
There’s an alignment or a harmonization that is ever deepening
between these three aspects of our human expression
and the truth of Being.
The relaxing out of all assumptions reveals an aligned sensed understanding of Truth
It is all very simple. Instead of seeing things imagined, learn to see them as they are. When you can see everything as it is, you will also see yourself as you are. It is like cleansing a mirror. The same mirror that shows you the world as it is, will also show you your own face."