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The Inner Path to Peace August 8, 2010

Posted by nrhatch in Gratitude, Happiness, Mindfulness.
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As we travel the spiritual path, we learn to listen to the still, silent guidance of Spirit (the true self), while tuning out the angry, confused voice of Ego (the false self).

We begin to see and accept ourselves as we really are, beneath the layers of social conditioning and familial expectations.

We realize we don’t need anyone’s approval, permission, understanding, or blessing to accept ourselves as we are in this moment.

We stop judging ourselves and others . . . and begin to accept life as it is.

We realize that critical analysis, intellectual egoism, and negativity suffuse our inner light and hold us back.

Instead of endless debate about the minutiae of life, we learn to let go of the Ego’s need for constant analysis,  evaluation, and approval.

We open our eyes and see the biased, subjective, and misleading nature of Ego’s judgments and interpretations which result from looking at life events through the dirty lens of past experience.

Once we see that the meaning we assign to events varies from moment to moment, as a reflection of our unique experiences in life, we stop wrestling with intellectual quandaries from the past, and immerse ourselves in living life in the present.

We realize that we need not change the world . . . just our perspective, our frame of reference.

We look within for guidance, rather than using others as our moral compass.  Using Spirit as an internal reference point, we begin to see things as they are.

We begin to see our unity with others, and learn how to transform the world from within.  We send out Good Vibrations, using smiles and laughter instead of words.

We no longer insist that others accept our view of the world, or demand that they follow our lead.

Happily engaged in the present moment, we focus on our interests, and allow others to stay or drift away, guided by their own preferences.

We develop our generosity of spirit, and act to alleviate the unnecessary suffering of others by helping them see how they add to their own suffering by hanging on to slights, real and imagined.

Donald-DirectorWe take offense less often, realizing that the opinions of others are biased and limited in perspective.  Rather than absorbing the impedimenta of daily life  into our being, we easily maneuver around the pebbles in our path.

We stop living for the moment, and start living in the moment, where happiness resides.

Whether we are chopping wood or carrying water, we embrace the moment at hand. We absorb into our being that which resonates, leaving the rest behind.

We enter the flow of life and find inner peace at last.

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1. cindy - August 9, 2010

“The serenity of mind, gentleness, silence, self-restraint, and the purity of mind are called the austerity of thought.”
Bhagavad Gita

Namaste.

nrhatch - August 9, 2010

Namaste.

2. Tammy McLeod - August 9, 2010

I enjoyed this post and especially this line
Whether we are chopping wood or carrying water, we embrace the moment at hand. We absorb into our being that which resonates, leaving the rest behind.
That is the way that I have felt and try to feel in the kitchen – returning to the recipe as if returning to a teacher.

nrhatch - August 9, 2010

Aah, the zen of cooking.

A soothing respite, rather than one more chore to cross off the “to do” list. : )

3. nrhatch - October 25, 2010

New link added . . . A Weighty Matter ~ Beyond Illusions

4. Spirit Prevails | Spirit Lights The Way - September 10, 2014

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