PIECE OF MINDPublished: Oct 8th, 2020 11:49 am
Suffering is primarily an inside job, which means that ending it
comes from within as well. When your mind is still, all is well. Once you stop
creating stories, suffering stops. Suffering resides in your mind, so when you
quiet your mind the suffering ceases.
You must remain present. When you reside in “what is,” there is
always something beautiful to witness. You can be locked in prison in solitary
confinement, yet you can find beauty in the sliver of sunshine that enters your
cell. When you are present and still, happiness will be your natural state.
Eventually, with time and practice, you’ll see that life goes well.
Find an outdoor quiet space, such as a park, a meadow, or a
beach. Then, choose an object from nature such as a bird, a tree, a flower, or
anything you can be 100 percent present with. Take a minute, or ten if you can,
and watch it, listen to it, and just be with it. When a thought comes up, just
let it pass, and redirect your focus on the object. Once you're done, reflect
on what took place. Were you sad, or were you depressed? If you’re truly
present with something, what you’ll find is that you are happy and at peace.
All is well. Yes, it may have only been for a short period of time but for some
people that’s enough to get a taste of “Wow, I can do this!”
Keeping your mind still and present is a skill. It’s actually
something that you had as a child. In fact, young children are able to maintain
this state all day. But as we've developed, we've forgotten how to do this. But
if we relearn this skill and go back to what I would call “our natural state,”
then we are happy. The good news is that the state of being happy comes from
within and is accessible to each and every one of us.!!