The Search for Awakening

When the mind is still, the heart opens.
When the heart is open, love flows freely.
When love flows freely, our oneness is revealed.
When our oneness is revealed, all suffering ends.
When all suffering ends, the search ends.
When the search ends, we awaken.
When we awaken, no thought can disturb us.
When no thought can disturb us, our mind is still.

World Peace

When the mind is at peace, the world is at peace. Are you willing to put some effort toward making your mind peaceful? Failure is impossible when any honest and consistent effort is taken toward this intention.

I know that more than any other action toward world peace this action will bring it to fruition, but only if you are willing. To dream of something better is just a dream without an unbending intention and effort.

Instead of asking for world peace, ask how you can bring stillness to your mind. Take action as needed toward this goal and then watch the world change.

Short and Sweet #180 – In the Stillness of Life

Stillness can arrive through all things, even in the midst of activity or turmoil. You may wonder how this is possible. It is possible because true stillness comes when we stop attaching to our thoughts. Notice I did not say our thoughts stop or that we need to stop our thoughts to find stillness.

Many people when they begin to meditate do not become still because there are too many thoughts running through their mind and they do not detach from them. They become fidgety and uncomfortable thinking they cannot DO it. However, meditation is not about doing, it is about letting go. Even a person walking, playing the piano, snow boarding, knitting or doing any activity can become still once they have detached from their thoughts. Athletes call this, being in the zone.

The world has conditioned you to THINK that we have to be doing something, getting something or have something to be happy. When this pursuit has not met our needs we become unhappy, all because we THINK we are not doing enough, have enough or getting enough. Happiness does not live in these things or in doing. We only experience a fleeting false sense of happiness in doing, not true lasting happiness. Moreover, you will certainly never become still if the pursuit of these things becomes your life.

First, learn to connect with your innate and natural state of stillness. Then bring that stillness into every area of your life. When you become the deep waters under the surface, below the storm, nothing can shake your peace and you will live in your stillness. You only have to let go of your conditioning. Find a small piece of stillness and watch it grow as you spend time with it. The more time you spend with stillness, the more your conditioning will fall away to reveal your True-Self.

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Short and Sweet #3 – Finding Stillness

“You cannot create stillness, just be receptive to it, it is always there like the sun obscured by the clouds. Reaching this stillness is not about doing, it is about letting go. The noise of the world permeates our minds. This is why you have trouble meditating and being in the moment. You are trying to create something that already exists. You just need to let go and fall into the stillness of the Divine. When we show up without judgment or expectation the stillness will arrive one day just like the clouds parting to reveal the sun. This will happen in its own time, not yours. Then you will fall deeply into the stillness and the arms of the Divine. Life becomes easier when we stop trying to make things happen and we allow the guidance of the Divine to be revealed. So just show up each day, take a seat and wait to see what happens. Slow down!”