I don’t think I could possibly live in a more challenging time. Just when I think I’ve heard it all, something happens that challenges everything I hold dear. Headlines are full of bizarre stories of the unimaginable. It seems our world is getting crazier by the minute. Society’s belief systems are being challenged, our government is being tested and common sense seems to be in very short supply
Where do I go for peace and solace? I come to the present moment knowing that all is well in this present moment. This present moment is God’s gift wherein I am safe. I need only breathe to feel its presence. It is here I understand I am not responsible to solve all the problems of the world. Here I know God is over all. I may not understand all that comes before me, but I do know God is over all and I am safe here.
Fear resides in the future while the past is filled with shame, guilt and remorse. The present moment is the seat of action. Everything I have ever done was accomplished in a pure moment of now. I can do nothing in the future nor can I do anything in the past.
I have not always been able to seek refuge in the present moment. I allowed my egoic mind to control me with its preoccupation with accomplishments, fear of the future and untolled remorse for past actions. I let my mind occupy me with worry and fear not only for myself, but for my husband, my children, my parents, my friends, my country……the list was literally endless. I was on an endless search for happiness. My mind told me I would really be happy when I achieved this or that. It was a search that was never satisfied. And the happiness at the end of each pursuit was NEVER lasting. I now understand the unobserved mind is the cause of never ending misery.
If you are at a point where you are ready to examine your egoic mind, there are some great books, I can recommend. Two of my favorite books are written by Eckhart Tolle: The Power of Now and A New Earth. Eckhart Tolle tells the following story in Chapter One of The Power of Now: “A beggar had been sitting by the side of the road for over thirty years. One day a stranger walked by. “Spare some change?” mumbled the beggar, mechanically holding out his old baseball cap. “I have nothing to give you,” said the stranger. Then he asked; “What’s that you are sitting on?” “Nothing,” replied the beggar. “Just an old box. I have been sitting on it for as long as I can remember.” “Ever looked inside?” asked the stranger. “No,” said the beggar. “What’s the point? There’s nothing in there.” Have a look inside,” insisted the stranger. The beggar managed to pry open the lid. With astonishment, disbelief, and elation, he saw that the box was filled with gold.
I am that stranger who has nothing to give you and also who is telling you to look inside. Not inside any box, as in the parable, but somewhere even closer, inside yourself.
“But I am not a beggar,” I can hear you say.
Those who have not found their true wealth, which is the radiant joy of Being and the deep, unshakable peace that comes with it, are beggars, even if they have great material wealth. They are looking outside for scraps of pleasure or fulfillment, for validation, security, or love, while they have a treasure within that not only includes all those things but is infinitely greater than anything the world can offer.”
For now, Earlynn’s just sayin: “The treasure we hold within our soul is much more valuable than anything this world of duality can offer.”
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