“Peace is the result of retraining your mind to process life as it is, rather than as you think it should be.” – Wayne Dyer
There is something beautiful that happens when we allow our thinking mind to let go and just be in the moment. The mantra that assists me to do this is
“I am ok just as I am and I need nothing more.”
Our thinking mind is constantly grasping, analyzing, configuring, conceptualizing and fragmenting the moment into bits and pieces that make sense. However, we miss the beauty of the stillness and the silence when our minds are constantly in thinking mode.
How do we invite greater peace into our lives?
By inviting stillness and being okay with how things are, which really is what acceptance is about.
Acceptance is the key to be able to let go and let be regardless of what is going on.
Peace is a simple result of falling into stillness and we just need to be aware of it because it is always there, and is aware of us too.
Peace is inherent, innate, it is the totality and essence of who we are.
However, we get distracted from the peace that already resides and is us because we think our way out of it.
We think our way out of peace because we are conditioned by false beliefs about our true nature and worth. Beliefs that beckon us to define our value by forms materials and dollars.
It is no wonder we search for peace because we believe it is somewhere out there to be found somewhere outside of ourselves.
What a paradox it is that the peace we are looking for is already here right now when we are able to let go right here right now.
Let go of the thinking mind and it’s need to look to a future moment to bring fulfillment, of its need to attain and accumulate, of its need to achieve and be greater, its need to find itself.
How ironic it is that we lose ourselves in the very of pursuit of looking for ourselves because our true identities can only be found in the present.
How can we cultivate peace when we recognize that our thinking minds are trained to overthink overanalyze and judge?
We can practice peace by opening ourselves up to stillness and acceptance.
I like to find pockets throughout the day where I can allow myself to just let go and be free to be here now.
This is true freedom.
Our thinking minds in many ways are like a ball and chain on our happiness, always reminding us that we still need this and that in order to be complete, in order to be more happy.
However, if we cannot make peace with this moment, how can we have peace in another?
Because when that next moment comes and we are and have such and such our minds will convince us that we need something else something more and the search and continual slavery to living in this illusion continues.
The only way out is through but through where?
This moment– allowing yourself to just be here now, no matter what.
No clinging to some future event or outcome in order to be at peace. No thinking of some strategy in order to have more and be more.
When we can find stillness and beauty in the stillness, that background inner awareness beneath thought, we have tapped into something timeless, conditionless, eternal.
We have tapped into our true nature, which is peace.
Signposts of peace:
– Conditionless awareness: not having conditions and excuses for letting go of the thinking
– Acceptance of how things are and not needing things to be different, not judging how things are
– Realize that you cannot find yourself outside of yourself
– Recognize that things will not always go our way, but we can choose be neutral “this too shall pass”