In the frenzied rush of modern life, it’s become quite easy to lose touch with the things that are truly important—our families, our environment, and even ourselves. From dawn to dusk and often far beyond, we are trapped on a “hamster wheel” of activity, mindlessly moving from one thankless task to the next—and getting nowhere fast. While we don’t always realize it, the relentless expectations of contemporary society invade our thoughts and prod us into action nearly every moment of every day.
Before we know it, “busy-ness” becomes habit and we quickly lose the balance in our lives—along with patience, sleep, and sometimes even our own mental health. With all our responsibilities and ambitions continuously robbing us of time, energy, and resources, it’s no wonder we seem to be losing touch with ourselves. In this maelstrom of daily life, how is it possible to find peace?
The first step, of course, is that one must be awakened enough to see through the deceptions and delusions of our insatiable, “high-tech” consumer lifestyle. We need to see the constant stream of information and stimuli we receive for what it is—a system that is intended to distract, manipulate, enslave, and exploit us. It is only through this understanding that we may begin to exercise greater control over our own lives and well being. This newfound clarity allows us to turn away, turn off, and walk away—even if it is only for a short time.
Next, we must make the conscious choice to reconnect with and rediscover our true, basic nature. Anyone should be able to set aside at least 15 minutes a day to start—and there are nearly as many ways to accomplish this as there are people to do them. To begin, find a quiet spot, away from any distractions or interruptions. Sit comfortably, relax, and focus on your breathing. Breathe slowly and naturally, gradually releasing more and more tension as you exhale. As you inhale, envision yourself being filled with a pure white-golden energy that protects and sustains you. Imagine yourself in a state of perfect calm, balance, and neutrality—and accept yourself exactly as you are at this very moment. Allow yourself to experience your existence without judgment or thought. Or, if you prefer, you might try observing nature. Appreciate your surroundings and allow yourself to become one with them. Imagine yourself as a cloud of energy that slowly merges with the world around you. Meditate. Pray. Daydream. Allow your mind to wander where it will—or just appreciate the stillness and truly feel what it is like to exist in a physical body. Whatever your practice, the ultimate goal should be to sit quietly, experience the present moment, and just “be”.
At the end of your quiet time, consciously return your attention to your physical body. Feel the new, calm energy that now flows through it and slowly open your eyes. Take a moment to appreciate yourself and all that surrounds you, perhaps even offering a brief thought or prayer of thanks as you rise and return to your day.
As you begin to experience the serenity of these few special moments regularly each day, your intention to reconnect with your true self will soon allow more and more of it to come shining through. Once you discover that true peace is found within, you will likely find yourself receiving a wealth of benefits. Increased calm, clearer thinking, decreased stress, better health, and a greater sense of appreciation are all things you might experience with an investment of just a few minutes daily.
So if you haven’t already started, why not begin investing in yourself today? With time being as valuable as it is, I can’t think of a better way to spend it—and without a doubt, you are definitely worth it!
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