In the moment, there really are no problems. The mind will argue and make up many stories to try to prove that statement is false. But, it’s true. The mind, ruled by ego is not a particularly trustworthy friend.
Happiness (inner-peace) is a state of being that is accessible to anyone who sincerely desires it. Right now. Right here. Many claim to want it, but have actually built barriers to block it. Removing barriers and blocks is a conscious decision.
“Let go of judgment of self and other” is often taught, because it is so basic and essential to living in a state of inner peace (happiness). It is also a natural by-product of liberating oneself. Letting go of judgments of other and self, we remember where innocence and love is, and has always been.
When the mind/ego is working over-time manipulating feelings, thoughts and emotions; if it is obsessing about one thing or another, blaming or disapproving of others — even subtly, or feeling an urgency to do, say, control, or change something as it is (i.e.: get an answer, ‘fix’ someone or something, say something, get a manufactured ‘need’ met, or whatever it might be that is creating disharmony withIN…) #1) recognize it is happening, and #2) stop it. Literally, stop it. Give yourself a time-out. Breath and just be until you come back into a state of equilibrium and balance.
The ‘war’ is within. Happiness and peace have nothing to do with anyone or anything outside of yourself. Simply Be centered and grounded in peace as much as possible moment to moment, and your/the world changes… from the inside out.
I can say this and know it to be true, because I have experienced it myself.
“Sarvesham Shantir Bhavatu” (I desire peace for all beings.)
November 26, 2014