Ah bliss! It’s so wonderful to welcome your visit. You return when I least expect you, embracing me and bringing peace and calm just when I still myself and end needless thoughts.
Are any thoughts actually needed when I go within? I need but seek a quiet moment with no thought save the intent to be free of the past and the future, thus insuring I will rest “in the now.”
It’s not based on my part alone. I find that I need the inspiration that others give me. You, who give your love so easily by opening your heart, unafraid of any consequences, allowing me to touch your soul and be one with you. Yes, I become one with you when the truth from the Source touches me as I hoped it would while writing from the depths of my inner being. It is then that I feel the kinship, the brotherhood with men and women alike.
I seep into your arms, feeling the comfort you offer. It is palabable, this feeling that arises. It is like a warm, fully-lined coat, puffed up with weather-protected soft materials wrapped all around me. I feel totally protected. Like a baby in a car seat with padding upon padding to ward off any harm.
I approach this level of consiousness by remaining perfectly still, freezing my body and then my mind. I sit with eyes closed, taking in the sounds of a pet bird, motorists driving outside my home, and the ticking of a nearby clock.
It’s as close to heaven that I could ever imagine one could reach. I have no wants and no desires. I simply “am.”
Uh oh. I feel a slight pain in one leg I crossed over the other. Do I dare try to relieve this suffering by breaking the stillness? Can I remain in this state by easing my leg into a more comfortable position?
There, my leg is sttraightened out. I send my concentrated awareness to that part of the body that signalled the discomfort. I feel a warmth spread over that area. It is soothing. It blends in with the focus I still keep in this moment. I am still “in the moment.” My peaceful calm has not been destroyed, but simply adjusted. I need not fear slow, methodical actions to curtail my new, higher level of consciousness.
Should I experiment? Open my eyes and try to do something mundane? Ok, Michael, pay a bill. You can’t get any more mundane than that. You’re writing the check, placing it in an envelope. You’ve just used the left hemisphere of your brain, now let’s scoot back to the right side. There, you have it. Peace and calm are still here. You worked mindfully, just like the Vietnamese Buddhist monk, Thich Nhat Hanh, said you would.
Someone now asks you a question. You answer from what feels like a different world inside of you. You answer a second and third questions, undisturbed and completely surprised that you can continue your feelings of love and happiness despite a break in your “meditative” posture. No, you don’t need to keep your eyes closed, or to stay seated on a mat to be mindfully engaged with the world.
You just have do it. Do these actions mindfully.
Now, if you could only sell it to the world, we ‘d all live in peace and harmony. Hell, why don’t you just give it away freely.
Offer it here for the taking.