“However astute or compassionate the observations of the mind, they are at a necessary distance, at a discerning remove, from life itself. When you feel yourself be, because you are laughing with a friend, or feeling really sick, or engaged with a little child who’s telling you a story, or you’re running full tilt, or sitting in the sun, or painting a wall, or digging in the earth, or singing a song that is breaking your heart — when you are, in short, really alive, feeling that you are here, this moment, having this very experience, this form that life is taking right now — that is reality, your reality, all you have (or ever will have) of life itself. Whatever else there is — all the rest of it, every scrap of remembered or anticipated life — is of a different order of things. It does not exist except when you think it into being. However much pleasure it may bring, or however much worry it has the power to generate, it remains the case that it has no independent existence outside the mind.
You (as you are used to thinking of yourself) do not exist except when you think yourself into being.”
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When all thoughts are set aside, there is only one thing left. It is unspeakable… it cannot be described or shared in words. It is a felt sense of oneness with all that is. To experience that is to know, to feel the end of–no, the absence of–any sense of right or wrong, good or bad. There is, here, in this space that exists behind and beyond all ideas and comparisons, only an indescribable feeling that knows no bounds nor boundaries. Find that. Lose all the rest; it isn’t worth holding on to.
That ocean of eternal peace is you. What is the difficulty that we suffer from? It is that we seek peace elsewhere and do not experience that we are peace incarnate itself.