Hey there ladies, gentlemen. How’s it going? This is Clark, and I welcome you back to my 30-day personal development challenge/case study. Before starting Day 21, you may have a look at my Day 20 activities and findings (if any). This is the next installment of my thoughts and musings while reading A New Earth: Awakening to your Life’s purpose. I hope it will provide you some inspiration.
Why the Littlest Things Bring Forth the Biggest Joys
There have been many examples of wise sayings over the ages. You’ve seen them. If you haven’t, just type ‘beautiful quotes’, or ‘wise sayings’, and do a google search. There have been many quotes over time about how the simple things in life, like the sunset, or watching a small fluffy animal, bring forth the greatest joy and happiness: “the joy of Being”.
Eckhart gave us a reason for that:
“Why is it the “least thing” that makes up “the best happiness”? Because true happiness is not caused by the thing or event, although this is how it first appears. The thing or event is so subtle, so unobtrusive, that it takes up only a small part of your consciousness – and the rest is inner space, consciousness itself unobstructed by form. Inner space consciousness and who you are in your essence are one and the same. In other words, the form of little things leaves room for inner space. And it is from inner space, the unconditioned consciousness itself, that true happiness, the joy of Being, emanates. To be aware of little, quiet things, however, you need to be quiet inside. A high degree of alertness is required. Be still. Look. Listen. Be present.”
Simple but profound. Only by allowing space in ourselves, Being/Presence is able to enter, to help us, to guide us. My opinion is that when we meditate, much of the same is achieved. We stop or at least slow down our thoughts and that allows space or Being/Presence to enter. I believe much of the same can be achieved when we just chill, slow down our thoughts and just enjoy the moment.
When you can slow down your thoughts, constantly create gaps in your thinking, the irony is you’ll then find your thoughts becoming more inspired, more unique, more creative. You wouldn’t think it would be that way, would you?
Allowing Space in Ourselves
When we are fully present in the moment, we slow down our mental chatter, and allow space inside of us. Most of the time, this space is taken up by our fast and furious mental activity. One thought after another. When there is space, Being/Presence can enter, and when we live with Presence, things become easier. If an action is required, you will do it, or rather the action will happen through you.
You may have heard stories of people miraculously getting out of seemingly hopeless situations when it seems death is certain. Later, they would say that they have no idea how they know to do what they did at the time. It’s because when one is in a life-or-death situation, one becomes very present. No more thoughts about what to have for dinner later. No more thoughts about what a drag their job, and life, is. Focus is fully on the now, and Presence takes over.
That’s Day 21 for you, Folks!
Cheerio for now, ladies and gents. Living with Presence could be a frightening prospect indeed because we are so used to trying to control everything in our life. But what is better? Keep living the same old life, or taking a leap of faith? Let me know below should you have any questions or comments on your mind. Till the next time, thanks ever so much!