Every morning we all get up and want the same thing - to be happy/peaceful and not to suffer. The challenge is - in our western culture - we have not been taught how to achieve this goal. We’ve been told to look “out there” for our happiness. We are convinced - mostly by a confused consumer culture - that we are not good enough as-is. We don’t see our innate worth and go on a fruitless hunt to find our worth in the external world.
We are trained to chase degrees, the right partner, car, house, second-house, status and roles as a way to “get happy.” Then when it doesn’t work we try to get rid of things that we perceive are causing us pain; get angry about that student debt, try to downsize our lives, quit the job, get divorced, etc. Then we just start the cycle all over again. If this worked that would be great! But, the truth is - as you may have noticed - that people, places and things and even our own thoughts and emotions, are always changing so we can’t find lasting peace with this flawed paradigm.
What we are talking about here is the first Noble/Realized Truth that the Buddha taught - “there is dukkha (dissatisfaction/suffering).” The Buddha was like a doctor. He had to diagnose the “dis-ease” before he could propose a solution to uncover true happiness/peace.
Let’s skip to the fun part here. The trick to living a peaceful life - the yogis call this santosha - is to stop clinging to the external world and simply look within. Through mindfulness practice we can train our minds to stop the external chase and rest in our inner-truth that is already peaceful. It may be hard to grasp the straightforwardness of this new way of seeing the world. There is no need to struggle any longer! The peace, ease, joy and satisfaction you’ve worked so hard every day to find “out there” has been right there, inside you all along.
Join AWAKE this month on Facebook and Instagram, over on YouTube and on our monthly deep dive retreat to learn how to live in true peace.