In honor of the International Day of Peace, I thought a post on Peace and the Mind would be aprapos. So often on this journey of mine, the term “Peace of Mind” has come up. Whether it be in conversation with others on the path, or reading a book, while writing, or just a little conversation I have with me, myself and I,…. “Peace of Mind” was a pretty hot topic. For isn’t that the goal? I once thought that, until I found that place and experienced something totally unexpected.
I’m not sure I have discussed in previous posts, that I have practiced meditation for quite some time. Yes, this practice has been an integral part of this journey and a “super tool” that I have used to help float along this river of life. Through this practice, I was able to experience a place where I was able to quiet the mind, and when I say quiet the mind, I mean total and utter silence, what I would certainly call “Peace of Mind.” (I am not going to go into a discussion on meditation, as that is for another day). I remember thinking to myself, “Wow… man… that was the most amazing feeling I have ever experienced!” I had been fortunate enough to get a small glimpse, experience a tiny taste, of the ultimate truth, my true nature! “I certainly must be doing something right,” I said to myself, ” going down the right path!” You wouldn’t believe the flow of thoughts that ensued later that afternoon after that experience. Then “BAM” it occurred to me, “there I go again,” the mind just going at it again, like a white water flow of craving and self-absorption. I suppose the only difference was the acute nature in which I was able to observe the thoughts, and what they were. Honestly, I will tell you that this observation was a much more important part of my lesson learned that day than the actual experience of a completely quiet mind. It was at that point I realized, I observed, I truly experienced, the true nature of the misery I bring upon myself. It was the point at which I understood how unaware I was in my everyday existence to the flow of thoughts and subsequent “holding onto them” that elicited their corresponding reaction. It was probably one of the most prolific experiences of my life, to actually observe the actual workings of this mind/matter phenomena!! Needless to say, this moment took my own personal experiment of self observation to a new level.
So, great, cool, good for me, I had a really amazing experience…..And? Well…sure, I did, but the most important thing about the experience was the understanding that I got from it, it clicked! It was during that moment of true awareness, that I understood not only the importance of that “Peace of Mind” moment, but I also observed just how critically important the moments following, the time spent after that moment. For it is this time that the opportunity for transformation takes place, for the re-training of your mind. It was also at that point I really, well, believed, that I could truly transform my mind, break the habits that I have held onto for so long, alter the cycle! With this realization, it became completely apparent to me that the same could be said for the inhabitants of this world. You know, you can hear it a million times….”Change the world, by changing yourself..”, but until you experience the true nature of change within, it is a very hard concept to grasp.
So, the point is, when you experience those times when you are fortunate enough to get that small glimpse…that beautiful feeling, of “Peace of Mind”, make the most of it, (and no it doesn’t have to be as acute as the one I experienced that day). Whether it be a moment of silent prayer, or that sunrise on the beach…or maybe just observing the smile of a child, or painting a picture of a peach. Understand that “Peace of Mind” is experienced when your mind is completely focused, focused on that moment. You will feel it, you will know, it will likely send a feeling of comfortable warmth through your body, and you’ll feel like a little lightbulb shining on all those around you. Then, do us all a favor and yourself as well, when that little moment is over. Take a second, or two, or even a minute, or ten, and send good wishes of peace, to all the world over! This is the process my friends, something all of us can do, to create a “Mind of Peace” from “Peace of Mind”, just take a minute or a few. (okay, i’m no poet, but it was fun trying!) Realize, that small moment you experience, opens that opportunity to change your position in the river, to alter your path, and that alteration is completely dependent upon the thoughts you choose to join you on your flow. It may not be comepletly noticable at first, or maybe it will, but you have the power and most importantly you have the choice. Much Peace to you all on this International Day of Peace and I wish you all much luck on your journey and much happiness each day through.