I will present featured articles to help you find that peaceful state of mind. Come back to this site often because different articles will be featured. I hope you enjoy these articles and find them inspiring.
How often do we say “My world would be better if . . . “. We then strive to achieve that goal. Perhaps working extra hours to get that promotion and more money, or by reading the latest spiritual book. The search seems lifelong and never ending. It starts when we are young. When we were in grade school, we wanted to be in high school. When we were in high school we wanted to be in college. When we were in college we wanted to be in the working world with money, and our own car and our own apartment. Then we long for retirement day, Or maybe the “The good old days”, a simpler time when there were no problems. Time rolls on and things never really seem to change. Happiness is always just one step away.
Our days fly by. One day we wake up and we are thirty years old, then sixty. Someone our age dies, and we think “Life is too short. I am going to start living my life before that happens to me.” Then the mortgage is due and there isn’t enough money to pay it. The stress builds and you forget about the resolution. Our situation seems to have this strange power over us, making us victims of some crazy out of control world. There is always something blocking our joy and happiness. The plan sounds great, but we never achieve that goal. We might feel like the donkey chasing the carrot that is dangling from a stick that is tied to its head. The journey becomes one agonizing day after another with hopes of a better tomorrow. But tomorrow never comes. We never enjoy the taste of that carrot.
Joy will never come when you are focused on some future event. The first step on your road to freedom is to let go of the outcome. A fixation on an outcome which we have no control over leaves our peace at the mercy of a cyclical world where conditions are beyond our control. Everything in the world rises and dies. If we place our happiness in the hands of something that we know has ups and downs, and hope for only ups, disappointment and sorrow are sure to follow. In this mode, the joy that we might feel one day is no different than the sorrow we feel the next. They are just different sides of the same coin, because both are dependent on the physical world, which will certainly change. Each a passing whim in the complex cycles of the universe. Forget the past and let the future take care of itself. Be present.
The next step is to say “yes” to what is happening in your life right now. Stop fighting the system, stop fighting your partner. Stop hating your job. Stop being angry at yourself. Stop blaming others for your problems. Take a deep breath, and simply say enough fighting. “I accept my life situation. My life is perfect just the way it is right now.”
I am not suggesting that you just bury your head in the sand and forget about your bills or the state of the world. I am suggesting that you separate your happiness from these things. Don’t be attached to the outcome, and say “Yes” to what is. Then when you do take action, it will come from a place of peace; a place of power. The world will give us all types of problems and trials, of which we have no control. The only thing we can control is where we place our focus. The good old days are now. The simplest time in our life is now. Let the rest go. This is the one real choice that we have in life. Enjoy the journey. The rest is illusion.