Finding Happiness In A Changed World

All We Have to Do is Listen…

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When I was younger, I attended numerous satsangs and prayer meetings. I listened to swamis, yogis, rishis, priests, rabbis, imams, etc. speak endlessly about God and spiritual practice.  I used to chant and pray until assorted “Love, Peace and Eat Vegetable” mantras rang like church bells in my ears.  The rest of the day, I had to deal with a mind that wouldn’t shut up, and emotions that were like quicksand.  I was incapable of maintaining five minutes of inner quiet. I kept asking myself: How do I do it?  How do I build a system that’s strong enough to connect with spirit and make it part of my daily life?  I felt like Eliza Doolittle in “My Fair Lady” when she sang, “words, words, words, I’m so sick of words, show me.”

My guru once told me that all spiritual talk was nothing but nonsense if our days are filled with chaotic mental, emotional and sexual energies that drain us.  He showed me a meditation technique that silenced the non-stop chit-chat in my mind and helped me to overcome fear, anxiety, anger, jealousy, etc. – a meditation technique that centered me and brought about a state of inner quiet.  He used to say to me about himself: “I’m a technician.  I teach people how to do it.  If they practice this simple method of breathing, they can build a system that will help them live peacefully in the world.”

Meditation practice helps us to center ourselves in a world that is full of tension.  It teaches us how to open our hearts and be more conscious and loving human beings.  We can don masks that fool other people, but in those moments that we spend alone, the one person we can’t fool is our self.   An inner voice tells us whether or not our mind is quiet and our heart is open.  All we have to do is listen…