In my previous blogs, I have written about the divine within. I truly believe we all have divinity within us – that our very essence, the core of who we are, is divine. We are all capable of perfect peace and perfect love. But, how do I tap into the core – the very essence – of who I am; that place of perfect peace and perfect love? Some find this to be easier than others. I find it to be somewhat difficult but know that, with practice, it can become easier to do over time. I believe it is a matter of setting aside my mind and ego, looking beyond my physical self and my physical needs and wants, and looking at what is left because what is left is all that really matters.
When I say “mind and ego”, to what am I referring? I believe that my mind and ego are what make me who I am as an individual human being. They hold the emotions that I experience as a human. My ego dictates my desires to be noticed, known, loved, appreciated, forgiven… My mind dictates feelings of happiness, frustration, love, anger, resentment, abandonment, trust, loneliness, and most other emotions. These are all “worldly” feelings – things of my physical reality. They oftentimes lead me away from deep peace and joy as my concentration lies in the physical realm of my existence.
In order to set aside my mind and ego, then, I first need to honestly recognize these emotions and desires as part of my physical journey in this lifetime. What is creating my emotions and desires? Am I spending too much time with my mind and ego? Is my concentration solely on my physical self and surroundings? Not that this is all bad but I must find a balance between concentration on my physical existence and concentration on my spiritual/divine existence. My mind and ego are attached to and developed within this world -this physical existence - and I need them in order to navigate my physical life. They help me make decisions so it is important to develop a healthy relationship with them while not spending all of my time with them.
Once I understand that my mind and ego are based in my physical existence, I can begin to set them aside. I do this by sitting quietly and acknowledging each of my emotions and desires as they come to the surface. As I acknowledge each one, I ask myself if that emotion or desire is truly serving me and,if not, am I willing to let it go. Some I will let go of completely while others I will simply set aside for a time knowing that I will engage with them again in the future even though I recognize that they do not serve any good for me. Each time I work through this process, I strive to completely let go of an emotion or desire that is truly not life giving for me or anyone with whom I come into contact hence becoming more whole and healthy in my physical as well as my spiritual existence.
As I set aside each emotion and desire, I strive to look at what is left. This is what truly matters because what is left is my divine self that exists perfectly well without the worries of this world. It exists in a place of perfect peace and perfect love and I can too if I only spend a little time seeking it each day. Just twenty minutes a day of setting aside my mind and ego results in a very different existence. Setting aside those emotions and desires that do not serve me and basking in pure peace and pure love – then taking that experience with me throughout my day… It does not only serve me well - it becomes a positive experience for all those with whom I come into contact.