We live in a world where the dials are gradually being turned up. This brings us great opportunities for growth but also the stress of almost constant change. Globalization has made our world smaller but has exposed us to the breadth of human suffering.
As a result, hypertension, PTSD, and anxiety disorders have become normal. The most common illnesses are either directly caused by stress or deeply influenced by it.
If we want to enjoy life and grow in healthy ways, we need to learn how to be in the world the way it is now. Aversion and escapism are not solutions. Nor is obsession or acting out.
There is an art to being in the world without being overshadowed by it.
The best way I’ve seen for relaxing the body, mind, and emotions is an effortless meditation. A deep effortless meditation like TM will take you beyond the mind into a deep peace (transcendence or samadhi). The body follows along into a state that can be much deeper than deep sleep.
This allows deep healing and the release of old incomplete experiences we carry around. That energetic baggage has clouded our quality of life.
With regular dipping into peace, it gradually becomes infused into day-to-day life. Step by step life becomes better. Our problems don’t go away but we create fewer new ones. Greater mental clarity allows us to solve issues more easily.
More remarkably though, touching peace and clearing our load gradually opens us to our deeper nature. A nature that is peace, is happiness, is love, is fulfillment.
We gradually shift from being a me taking everything personally to an observer of life, able to navigate without falling into dramas. To act without reactivity, to be without being tossed by the waves of change.
Why would we choose to suffer?