Find yourself a spot where you’re relatively free from distractions, sit down, and breathe deeply for a little while. Let yourself sink into that place within you where peace is already a reality and not something you need to achieve. When distracting thoughts arise, you should neither entertain them nor chase them away. Just let these clouds pass, and keep your focus on the blue sky within. Stay there just long enough to get a taste of inner peace. Don’t force anything; just be. If distractions are all that you find, accept even that peacefully.Are you really present here and now? Breathe deeply, and sink into this moment. What are you thankful for? (Give yourself a few moments to reflect on this question.)
Is there something you are not thankful for? What is it? Spell it out to yourself. Is it really in this present moment? If it’s in the past (a painful memory), let go: You want to be present here and now. If it’s in the future (an anxiety or fear), let go: You want to be present here and now. If there is something in the present that you can’t be thankful for – pain, grief, confusion – accept it as given. What is, is. You are confronted with a given reality. You may not be able to be thankful for it, but you can obviously live with it: You do! — at least in this one moment, and that’s all you’ve got. Embrace this truth, not only with your intellect, which is too narrow, but with your whole heart. Let this experience sink in. Do you feel peace, a tiny bit, at least?
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