You say you want a new life.
You say you want it all.
What about just having it for one moment, for a second, for a day.
Is that enough? Is it ever enough? What is enough?
When I get one thing, I always want something else. I’m never satisfied with the unstable junction of my mind. Trying to find new things to purchase in its virtual laboratory. Trying to find new urges to satisfy. Forgetting that what I have could be enough. And how do I stop trying to fulfill my fantasy and start fulfilling the reality?
If you sit still enough you can hear the wind blowing, the trees swaying and the animals joining together in rejoice. I can hear them. And though you say you are clouded and you hear nothing but the inner workings of your mind, below that chatter, lies stillness. ‘I’m trying to find my own stillness,’ you say. But you can’t when there’s so much noise in the background. What do you do to stop the talking, the constant coming and going. The cacophany. The stillness becomes unbareable. Although you are still you can hardly hear yourself. And then your head begins to pound. The pounding doesn’t fade.
So I’ll tell you something. Something to ease your thoughts. It’s not a secret but a universal knowledge constantly handed down to those who dare to listen. When you can stop listening to yourself and start listening to your heart, the pounding in your head, the weakness in your thoughts, the aching stillness in every move you make will fade away. You’ll be left with ease. But until you dare to listen, dare to hear the sound of the ocean, the squalking of the seagulls, smell the fresh dew of the morning – those other worlds, those other places, the real stillness will be UNreal to you.
You can find stillness in your mind, by daring to listen to your heart. You heart gives answers your mind would never be able to come up with. And when you listen to it, the pounding in your head turns into a tiny little pitter patter – a bird chirping on your window sill that perches for a moment and then flies away.
“Sometimes instead of floating in the sea, I feel as if I’m barely staying adrift,” You say to the wise man. “I feel like I should be doing more to keep myself above the water. But I just find myself drowning in it. What I don’t readily realize is that if I stop flapping my arms around so much, I would be able to stay ashore. I often wonder how I am supposed to stay floating when I’m constantly finding an obstacle on my path?”
“There are no obstacles,” said the wise man. There is only one emotion – happiness. And the only obstacles placed along your path are the ones you create for yourself. Now you’re wondering how are you supposed to get out of your own way. How to stop the worry, the pain, the fear and everything else. The trick is NOT to stop them. The trick is to feel them so whole heartedly that they become a part of you that you love, accept and care for. In that caring there are no obstacles. You care for yourself because if you don’t, no one else will. You stay afloat as soon as you can learn to accept and care for those pieces of rock in your way. In fact, why don’t you even stop at one and take a minutes rest. Be easy with yourself and the sea will be easy with you.”
“This isn’t what I thought it would be, said the woman. “It never is,” replied the wise man. “It’s not about what one wants. It’s what one needs. Spirit shows us where to go, much to the disregard and surprise of our minds. We think we don’t really need what we’re given or that we’re not ready for it. ‘I need something different’, we cry out! But many times it’s the unwanted or unexpected that we really need the most. These unexpected moments are what makes life wonderful. We get what we ask for, no matter what. And spirit delivers it to us i the most gentle and loving way. But our perceptions, illusions and self imposed limitations cloud our judgement and actions. Once we learn to give in to spirit and let it guide us, the issues that come up will fade. We stop trying to swim against the current because we now recognize that the sea is sweeter when we simply float in it.” With that the wise man left and walked away.