Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Peace of Mind

So it’s thanksgiving. Don’t think I can miss the opportunity to send my gratitude out over the world wide web. Words cannot really express just how grateful I am for what has transpired in my life over the last year. I could write a list a mile long about all the things I am thankful for. I am especially grateful for all the amazing people in my life, my family, my friends, my communities. This year there is something on the top of my list, which is even higher than those people. In fact it’s #1, in large font, bolded and underlined. The singular most important blessing in my life is without a doubt,

PEACE OF MIND


Sometimes I don’t even believe it myself, but I truly for the first time in my life have it, Blessed PEACE OF MIND! What is this peace of mind exactly? Well first of all, it’s got nothing to do with happiness. Sure I’m happy a lot, but not all the time. When I am sad I still have peace of mind. When I am angry I still have peace of mind. When I am fearful I still have peace of mind. Wikipedia defines peace of mind as “the absence of mental stress or anxiety, and the presence of serenity, calm, quiet, comfort of mind; Inner peace.” I think that is a pretty good definition. No matter what is going on outside of me, no matter what emotions or thoughts arise in me, there is always a sense of “alrightness”. That is, nothing essential has changed, regardless of the ups and downs in my life, I am alright. Peace of mind…is freedom, is contentment, and it’s the path to true joy. What most of us don’t realize is it is available to each and every one of us, no matter your current life situation.

Peace of mind starts with being able to recognize your authentic self. Your authentic self is the part of you that is separate from your thoughts, your ego, and your emotion. Your authentic self is the part of you that connects you to other people, to life itself. It’s the part of you that’s in the driver’s seat when you do what you love, when you get lost in the beauty of a singular moment. It is the feeling of “losing your self” that self being all the things you call me “ME,” all things that separate you. You lose the illusion of SELF and what you find is the authentic SELF that is whole and brilliantly alive connected with all things.

The most amazing thing about aligning with peace of mind is that all it really takes is a GLIMPSE of that authentic self to set the wheels in motion towards the life that you were born to live. Once you know the connection to who you really are is available, you can never really go back. The authentic self will pull you back again and again. Once you are conscious of the experience as it happens naturally, you will begin to be able to consciously choose it more and more.

THANK YOU! Thank you for letting me share my experiences with you. It’s just icing on the cake if they inspire you to discover the Peace of Mind, that is yours already.

No matter how much the water moves, the lotus flower remains connected to its roots.  It is a excellent metaphor for peace of mind.

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“When you've seen beyond yourself, then you may find, peace of mind is waiting there.”
-George Harrison

P.S.

I am spending thanksgiving with my family and then I am headed on a road trip to Connecticut! Spending time with some good people and there are plans to workout at Lisbeth Darsh’s Crossfit Watertown and Rob Orlando’s Hybrid Athletics! Super excited to me Lisbeth Darsh, her words inspire me on a daily basis!