So you are feeling stressed, overwhelmed, confused or upset. What can you do?
Well try this:
Sit comfortably, close your eyes and breathe deeply. As in all forms of meditation, begin by withdrawing your attention from the external world and focusing on being here now. Let go of all the thoughts of the day and just be here now. If any thoughts enter your mind, just release them gently and return your focus to the here now.
Give yourself time to become aware of yourself, of the Presence of yourself, of yourself being here now. A good way to increase this awareness is to focus on your breathing. Just watch your breath going in and out. In and out. As you do this, you will experience yourself slowing down and becoming more and more centered, and more present in the here now.
Continue this focus on your breathing for a few moments or minutes. And if your mind starts to wander, just gently return your focus to your breathing.
Now as you feel yourself becoming more and more calm, gently focus your attention on the silence that is surrounding you. Whatever sounds you become aware of, in the room or outside the room, focus your attention not on the sounds, but on the silence that is surrounding these sounds—and on the silence that is in between these sounds. Once you focus your attention on the silence that is behind sound and which is supporting sound you will discover that this silence was there all along and that it is a vast, huge ocean. Far vaster and far more immense than the intermittent and changing sounds themselves.
When you make this discovery, you understand that this silence has always been there, surrounding everything, supporting everything. That it was there before you were born—that it was there from the very beginning—and that it will be there after you leave this body.
This discovery/realization brings an immediate and immense sense of Deep Peace. A Peace that is so huge, so vast, so eternal, so blissful, so enduring, so comforting, and so utterly lovely that you wonder how you could have overlooked it so long!
Finding this Peace is as easy as falling off a log. It takes no effort whatsoever. All you have to do is focus on it and surrender…
Then to your great and eternal delight, yet another sublime realization comes to you: You didn’t have to create Peace either. Blissfully, you realize that Peace like silence was there all along. That Peace—Deep Peace—is always there, always here now, and always was. In truth, peace—deep peace—is the Nature of Reality. It dwells in the here now, in the vast, immense and blissful silence that is the womb of all phenomena.
The state of blissfulness that can be attained by focusing on the silence behind, between, above and below can also be reached by focusing on another emptiness: Space.
All of manifest creation is suspended in space. That you know. But what about when you look inward? When you focus your attention inward—on your inner physicality? When you do, you discover that your body is made up of cells that are made up of molecules that are made up of atoms that are made up of protons, electrons, and neutrons that are made up of sub-atomic particles that are made up of…. And you discover something more—the further inward you go, the vaster the space is in between these atomic and sub-atomic particles. This space within you is so immense that you discover that most of you is space—inner space—the space behind and between the physicality of you, which is supporting you. Space, which is a vast huge ocean of what—of emptiness, of Bliss, of Peace, of Serenity.
Do not ask what in fact this space is because you have come to one of the foundation stones at the heart of manifest creation. Space is. It’s as simple as that. Just as silence is.
No one can explain more or tell you why.
But one thing is for sure—contacting these states in their essence brings to every being that extraordinary sense of Deep Peace that is at the very heart of creation.
And it’s as easy as falling off a log.
That is, my friend, if it is your intention.
So now you know.
What it is. Where it is.
But never the how of it—nor the why of it.
Only that it is like a vast, vast ocean of infinite depth—and that this ocean is You.
Such is the truth of it.
You are this vast, vast ocean of infinite depth.
But then you say but what of the thought waves that thrash about on the surface of this vast, vast ocean? What of them answer the Wise. But these thought waves are stormy, changing, sometimes even violent you say. And what of it reply the Wise. No thought wave no matter how violent has the power to touch or influence in any way the vast ocean below the waves that is the real You.
Such is the Nature of You.
Such it has been for all eternity—and such it will continue to be.
This depth and vastness no thought wave can touch.
Such is the Nature of You.
So just allow yourself to be it… to swim in it say the Wise.
Because in the depths of this vastness that is You, there is Peace—a Peace that never was or ever will be touched by the changing, restless thought waves that come and go on the surface of your mind all day long.
So say the Wise, now you know.
Now without a shadow of a doubt, you know that nothing—not even the most powerful thought wave can influence the Peace, which is your Nature.
So you can breathe more easily now my friend and allow yourself to fall even more deeply into this vast, vast ocean of Pure Being, which is who You are and which is Peace.
Thus say the Wise, Peace is your Nature.
This indeed is comforting to know.
Barbara Berger is the best-selling author of “The Road to Power – Fast Food for the Soul” (published in 30 languages) and “The Awakening Human Being – A Guide to the Power of Mind”, “Are You Happy Now? 10 Ways to Live a Happy Life” (published in 21 languages), and “Find and Follow Your Inner Compass”. The books can be ordered on Amazon.com. Barbara also offers private coaching sessions (via Skype or telephone) to people around the world. For more about Barbara Berger and her activities see https://www.beamteam.com
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