Saturday, July 5, 2014


Santa Monica, California 

In every given moment, we have a choice.  We can be agitated, frustrated, angry, lonely, anxious and afraid.  Or we can choose peace, love, joy and freedom.

Even though the choice is simple, it is not an easy one to make.  The pull of unconscious thinking is so strong that it is extremely difficult to see that we have any choice at all.  Our thoughts are strong, fast, and relentless.  They arise from a belief system that has been created and reinforced over our entire lives.  We cannot see our way out of our dilemma because we are unable to see another way.  We cannot see that we have a choice.

The most powerful tool at our disposal to help us see and make the choices we want to make is meditation.

Meditation slows down our thoughts and lessens our attachment to them.  It also lessens our attachment to our emotions.  We are not our emotions.  Emotions are feelings that happen to us.  Breaking our attachment to our thoughts and feelings creates a separation between ourselves and them.  When we realize that we are not our thoughts and feelings, we are united with Infinite Energy Source.  The glimpse of Freedom allows us to begin to make different choices in any given moment.

The more we choose freedom rather than fear, the more peaceful our lives become.  Miracles will start to occur.  Indeed, every moment we choose peace, a miracle occurs.  When we choose peace and see the result of that choice it reinforces our ability to choose the life that we want to live.

Meditation can never be unsuccessful.  We believe that if we are constantly thinking during our meditation, that we have failed.  We cannot fail.  The mere act of sitting still, intending to be present, will have major effects that will reverberate throughout every aspect of our lives.

Let's choose Freedom.

1 comment:

Nils said...

Yes, it is always our responsibility, each and every minute of our day. Zen meets existentialism. It is our choice to be egoistical or empty, agitated or peaceful. It's not that we become lumps or blobs of nothingness. The peaceful person always knows what to do and how to do it in the right time and in the right way.