“When by the flood of your tears the inner and the outer have fused into one,
you will find Her whom you sought with such anguish,
nearer than the nearest, the very breath of life, the very core of every heart.”
~Sri Anandamayi Ma
Whether you consciously know it or not, the truth of your essential nature is and always has been infinite awareness and boundless love.
Nothing needs to be changed in you to have this realization—it’s a matter of noticing what is already the case.
Yet, here we are living the human life. We react, we get stuck, we yearn for more…
We don’t feel like we’re resting in boundless love. We’re caught up in the sense of separation, which gives rise to the belief that something about us needs to be fixed.
In the moments when the sense of separation relaxes—when we stop thinking about ourselves and our problems—we find that we’re more available to being present with things as they are. These are times when we’re not clouded by need and fear, and we’re just here and awake, receiving everything in openness.
Laughing with someone…watering your plants…sitting down for a break after being busy all day…enjoying a bite of food…
You may experience these simple, easeful moments more than you realize, so be on the lookout for them. They’re what’s already here before the mind starts telling you what’s wrong.
If you take an honest look at your experience, you may find that your mind-driven habits are old news. Needing to please others, keeping yourself too busy, using substances to soothe the pain…
Check to see if they’re still necessary—because along with these activities of the separate self is the underlying call to simply relax and be.
Can you feel it?
Little by little, we let ourselves come into alignment with what is already true…the simple reality of our right now experience…here before the mind convinces us that we’re separate. It’s waiting for us, the homecoming we all long for, so close and available that we miss it.
How to find this radiant aliveness of simply being present?
- Slow down;
- Turn your attention inward—away from the outer world and your mind;
- Notice the sensations of breathing;
- Find spaciousness around anything you’re experiencing;
- Relax and be…
From here we’re available to bring compassion to painful feelings that arise. We catch the conditioned movement of our patterns and let it be without acting on it.
We breathe with our nervous system as it begins to calm. We have space to feel quiet, grateful, loving, and free.
It’s such a kind way to be. And the only thing that’s changed is that we’ve stopped paying attention to the stressful mind.
Do you feel the call to relax and be? Surrender to it…let it have you… You’ll discover the infinite peace that’s here at the core of every heart…