Peace is the greatest freedom

We are held captive by our daily routines, unable to see the world as it truly is…  Our immersion into the appearances of things captivates us, so we cannot look past what appears to be going on.  Making a clear decision to step into a river of light and dropping all of our previous conceptions – opens us to freedom of thought, awareness, peace.   We begin to see and know the world as it truly is. 

Our lives are not as they appear to be.   Our thoughts emerge from the sparks of random life memories creating an artistic tableau from which we can create any number of apparent realities.   We are not very skilled at seeing the reality we are painting with those thoughts.  Memories of scarcity, emotional loss or pain invoke thoughts that illuminate the moment we are having. 

This moment, however it appears, is a luminous opportunity to be free of past thoughts, assessments, beliefs and yet – we do not skillfully seize it.  We repaint it with an older portrait.  It doesn’t matter whether it is the landscape of despair, loss and frustration or magnificent accomplishments, joy and success.    Its not this moment we are truly seeing.

Peace comes from not tagging the moment with any thought at all.  Thoughts are merely appearances.   When a thought arises, it is an opportunity to not participate with appearances.   Those random sparks of life experiences and memories are not really happening right now.  As thoughts surface, greet them.  Then let them pass through your clear mind on their way elsewhere.  The more you practice letting thoughts glide through your mind, the more peace you generate in the moment that is happening now.

What is this moment?  An fortuitous fragment of time offering freedom.  Do not try to hold it, it cannot be grasped.  Do not embed it as memory or it will return as an grand appearance or a thought.  Let this moment flow around you like a soft wind.  Don’t paint this moment with your thoughts for its true likeness will never surface again.

The peace that emerges from this awareness surpasses all understanding.  Another moment, just as precious and singular awaits.  Peace is truly the greatest freedom.

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