Wander into wondrous joy.
By Sandy Newbigging
You are a remarkable Being. You may not always think it or feel it, but this doesn’t stop it being true. You see; the ancient spiritual teachers were not lying when they said ‘you are what you seek’. Meaning, if you want peace, you are peace. If you want love, you are love and if you want freedom, then you are the freedom you seek. I appreciate this be confusing, especially if you aren’t feeling these stunning states of being in this very moment but the ‘you’ the spiritual teachers refer to is not your temporary thoughts and feelings, but instead, the permanent part of your brilliant Being.
I’ve come to conclude that the permanent aspect is conscious awareness. This awareness, which has been residing within you since before the day you were born, is peace, love, joy and so much more. However, you can miss it if your attention is mainly on your temporary thoughts and emotions. A key purpose of meditation is to become attentive to the presence of awareness that is aware of your thoughts, emotions, body and life circumstances. Due to the fact that you feel what you focus on, by resting inwardly attentive to your consciousness, you can immediately reconnect with the aspect of your Being that is truly remarkable.
I recently created a Mind Clam Meditations audio programme, a modern-day meditation technique that calms your mind, while also helping you to reconnect with 10 states of Being that are truly remarkable. Here I’m going to talk about two of these stunning states – Clarity and Joy:
Reconnecting with CLARITY
Confusion comes from having a busy mind and thinking too much. The contradictory nature of the mind – whereby one moment it produces thoughts on one thing and thoughts on the complete opposite the next minute – makes true clarity very difficult from inside your mind. Clarity comes from stillness through being consciously aware of the present moment. When you are aware, you are beyond your mind, experiencing the silent presence of your own consciousness.
Clarity creates the optimum inner platform for performing at your best. Without clarity, you are not fully present and end up distracted by the mental activity that can be both limiting and confusing. What ifs, buts and maybes can paralyze decision-making abilities, hinder commitment and fracture focused action. By clearing your mind, you gain instant clarity and find that any answers you require will spring forth because they’ve finally been given the still, silent space to do so.
Reconnecting with JOY
Joy is the natural expression of life. It is the creative juice of the universe. Joy is the flow of inner-life-infused energy existing within you and is beyond the temporary highs of happiness. Growing up, it is common to be taught to mislabel the presence of joy for feelings of fear, angst or anxiety and as a consequence, end up suppressing its transformative powers.
Mind Calm and other meditation techniques can reveal to you that feelings you once knew as anxiety or fear have always been joy’s powerful presence, heal your relationship with this joyful force for good and let the energetic celebration of existence carry you on its wondrous wings.