“It is a great art to have an abundance of knowledge and experience – to know the richness of life, the beauty of existence, the struggles, the miseries, the laughter, the tears – and yet keep your mind very simple: and you can have a simple mind only when you know how to love.”
In every moment we have the choice to move closer to our destination or drift farther away from it. We have the choice to open to new knowledge and insight, to embrace what is offered or reject it. Acceptance of the present moment is a source of power.
If you find yourself postponing your joy until your world falls into place, you are rejecting the most important moment of your life. Our stories are a distraction. Judgment is a distraction. This is why I suggest utilizing gratitude as a powerful way to access the sacredness of our world. It allows an opportunity to see through the stories of the mind to the core of your own divinity. Everything is a reflection of you.
- What would it take for me to be at peace now?
- How would compassion change my perception of this situation?
- What am I trying to learn?
At some point, personal illusions start to break down. The spiritual quest begins and life takes on new meaning. We experiment with meditation, new beliefs and self-analysis to create awakening, but nothing is more important than learning to be in harmony with the present moment while infusing peacefulness into our daily experiences.
Keep things simple. There is no need for ritual, rules or complicated philosophy – the way is found through kindness.