Nothing about the spot in front of this fireplace ever gets old. It’s certainly a safe place for me, but what else?
While talking with my coach about movement patterns I shared that “I get wound up easily.” To counter this, I need to be as conscious as possible to move in exactly the opposite way, chill. I’ve spent my life investigating what this means. At first I thought it was about how I ‘acted’. It became painfully evident that there was more to it—something much deeper inviting, calling and guiding. It was a bit like seeing an object out of the corner of my eye yet not quite able to pinpoint. I kept looking and feeling. Whatever was there, it was very settling.
Every day, I peer inside for that sense of ‘being at home’, the calm, that presence beyond words. It’s always there, but sometimes my mind, agitated and captivated by fantasies of past and future, relentlessly hides reality. Then there are moments of clarity—looking without imagination, listening without distortion.
I’ve learned that peace and serenity aren’t limited to sitting in meditation. They are present whether in the midst of tasks, in conversation or while training. For certain, always in front of a fireside. When do you feel or notice it most? If you pause, is it there at any time or any place? Look closely.
❝ When the mind is in its natural state, it reverts to silence spontaneously after every experience or, rather, every experience happens against the background of silence.❞
~Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj
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