Isn’t it amazing how one day of your life goes along smoothly, maybe even effortlessly, then the next day you feel overwhelmed by challenges? Conflicts arise. You can’t get a handle on things, there’s not enough time, you can’t think of a solution. Your life–indeed your world–may seem like it’s out of control. In these times, there is another world that you can access.
There is an “inner” world where you can retreat and find solace, become nourished, and regroup to face the outside world effectively. This world is free and always available for all to access! You might call it the world of spirit, God, or pure consciousness.
Whatever name you give it, when you go there, you may experience a great peace, love, or sense of being cleansed of the vestiges of the outer world. The experience can be like taking off your clothes and slipping into a warm bath. As you emerge from this cleansing, the negativity of the outer world drips off and you feel the clarity and resourcefulness to tackle the outer world’s challenges.
Perhaps you know this world well and visit it regularly. Maybe you’ve only gone there occasionally. Or, it may be a world to which you are a stranger. If my words spark in you an inner longing for this world, let’s explore it further.
For the sake of this article, let’s call this inner world “Being,” or “Beingness.” We can all be one with our spirit, with God, or with our higher consciousness. We may even refer to this as an all-encompassing “awareness” of our authentic self.
Imagine yourself, for just this moment, in a beautiful place, perhaps a place in nature or somewhere in your own home where you can just be. When you are just Being, sense the quality of timelessness. When you are truly just Being, there is nothing you need to know or do or change to make this quality any more perfect than it already is. When you are just Being, you are residing in the present moment, which is all-loving, forgiving, and without judgment.
This inner world of Being is like a vast open field of awareness that is changeless and always present. It has the quality of a home ground where you can rest and restore, find clarity and peace. Insights, solutions, and ideas can sprout from this homeland. Your spirit becomes recharged to face the outer world.
Straddling two worlds
Accessing the world of Being can be as simple as taking a momentary deep breath and feeling its fullness. Or you may tune into a felt sense of your body, being aware of sensations that arise. Let go of any judgments or resistance. This enables you to step back from the situation at hand rather than allowing the knee-jerk reaction you may be accustomed to. The flashlight of clarity can then shine on the whole of the situation and you can find the best response.
Of course, having a regular practice of meditation will help you hone the ability to reach this Beingness. It can be achieved simply by being in nature, breathing deeply, or just sitting quietly to clear the mind. Or it might involve more formal meditation or prayer. Allow yourself to just abide in Being.
Ultimately, the most beneficial way to practice Being is to take it into your everyday world. When you do, instead of reacting to challenges and circumstances you encounter, you approach each with the perfect response. Learn to enter your inner world and notice how your outer world begins to transform.”
You might recall Jeff Bridges’ character, The Dude, in the movie The Big Lebowski. His last line, delivered calmly after he had experienced some horrendous drama, was “The Dude abides.” I invite you to abide in the inner world of Being even as you engage in your challenging outer world.
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