Do You Know Who You Really Are?

“To meet everything and everyone through stillness instead of mental noise is the greatest gift you can offer to the universe.” Eckhart Tolle

We are not free until we have discovered who we really are.

We are not touch with who we really are until we have broken out of the routine, monotonous conditioning of our overthinking and confines of our thoughts.

Thoughts in and of themselves are limiting — most of the time they become the mental noise that pervades the space in which we inhabit.

This constant mental noise distracts us from actually being present to life, present to ourselves and we live and walk in a trance, blinded to our own thinking mind that is constantly analyzing, judging, blaming, scheming, planning.

The filter of mental noise blocks us from this divine perceptivity, wisdom and creativity.

We are most “ourselves” when we exist beyond the realm of thought and in the realm of inner stillness, openness, and compassionate, unconditioned awareness.

Too often we identify with that which is not ourselves. How we perceive ourselves in the eyes of others and base our worth on whether they can provide some sort of affirmation. The most compelling substrate we use for this is money because money equals power in our culture.

We recognize who we really are when we stop identifying with our thoughts and step out of that mindspace of thinking and into that eternal presence and awareness that is love.

We forget and fail to live and miss out each day that we forgo to live with presence because we have too much to worry about in the future.

We tell ourselves that only when we have greater security and money, only then will we be able to be present. We tell ourselves that today just isn’t a good day and that we are too busy to take the time to be aware, to smile at another person, to open the door for someone.

Are you consumed by your thinking mind and does it control you? Or are you free of your thinking mind, do you life with thoughtless awareness, unburdened by the need to cling to an identity that is constantly seeking itself through the world?

Practice presence exercise:

What are some routine things that you do everyday that you can make into active meditations? Any activity can be an active meditation when we bring presence and awareness, a blank mind, to whatever we are doing.

The daily activities I enjoy bringing greater awareness to include driving, brushing my teeth, working out, washing dishes, and eating meals.

Instead of making presence a black or white duality in our life, we can gently and compassionately incorporate it into each of our daily activities until it becomes a habit we don’t even think about.

How to Have Peace

“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”