I am heading for a time of quiet
When my restlessness is past
And I can lie down on my blanket
And release my fists at last
I am heading for a time of solitude
Of peace without illusions
When the perfect circle
Marries all beginnings and conclusions
~ Paul Simon ~ Quiet ~
Why is it so hard to find peace and joy, continuously oveflow with bliss on a daily basis and seem free of problems and emotional pain? Maybe because we mentally punish ourselves for failing, concluding that we don’t deserve it. We can become easily distracted by the harsh demands of modern life and at times losing touch with our natural state of being. But we do deserve it and there is a way if we choose to bring clarity in our lives, starting by quieting our minds.
You see, most of our problems stem from our mind. Take note ... some external even happens, we choose to see only one side of the story, and then interpret the situation such that it cuases some form of mental conflict, resulting in emotional suffering. Is that about right? The advice telling us to just “forget about it” is not that simple. After years and years of conditioning on how to attract conflict in our lives, to just “stop thinking about it” is not very effective. We need to get to the root of the problem to truly solve it. We need to go to our innner space and de-clutter. Imagine if you will, like cleaning out an old closet of “stuff”, similar analogy.
And, our mind has a difficult time becoming still ... it is meant to be dynamic, move and participate. Therefore practicing stillness, or meditation, where you focus on one thing can be tougher than one realizes. You will probably notice that the moment you become silent, random and unrelated thoughts start to distract you from your inner silence. You become cluttered with useless information also known as junk. And where does this “junk” come from .... well we may be unconsciously feeding our selves with distractions we’ve declared as urgent and important .. watching TV, updating social media, checking email, gossip ... all pulling at us, at our attention and away from things that are truly important to us. Recognize that the information we expose ourselves to fills our inner space on some level, and affects our emotions and desires.
Our ultimate desire is to get back to our inner selves, one which is sacred, wise, peaceful and eternal. We can do this by waking up and taking control of our destiny ... start with what you focus on and allow into your life. Observe your thoughts and words. Limit your exposure to the “urgent and important” distractions. You have the power to decide what you let into your inner space. Be conscious of what you allow inside, beginning with your own words, thoughts and attention and become the guardian of your own mind.