Saturday, July 30, 2016
Happiness of the Awakened Heart
Have you ever witnessed when a bird welcomed the rising sun with its song at dawn? Its heart overflows with joy, and it must share its happiness, the chant of its heart, with the whole wide world. Why cannot we live like that, to celebrate life like that?
Because we are submerged deep in the troubled world of our Mind, and we are unable to experience that emotion. We live in powerful identification with our senses, emotions and thoughts in a world characterised by continual stress, struggle and suffering.
This is a permanently changing, chaotic world, where everything has its opposite: pleasure is accompanied by sorrow, happiness by unhappiness, success by failure. This world does not have the permanence, the harmony that could serve as a foundation for the chant of the heart, that is, the experience and expression of the everlasting joy.
We all have a deep desire for harmony and joy, characterized by all-permeating love and tranquility. That is a harmony that can be disturbed neither by solitude nor by a company. That is a freedom that is not affected by oppositions and controversies. It is only under those circumstances that the chant of the heart will be heard in our soul. But how are we able to achieve that harmony?
For creating the possibility for that in our life, we must recognize the fact that we are not able to find the desired harmony as long as we identify with our Mind and its constantly changing contents. We need to realize that we are not identical with our body and Mind. It is, however, not sufficient to be aware of that, we also need to experience that.
In the course of our life we gather an immense amount of experience of different kinds. Gathering experience is at the same time a process of learning, we learn from our experience. Is that really true? The majority of people do not seem to learn from their experience, since they repeat the same mistake again and again. What is the reason for that? The value of an experience always comes from our being present at the time and place of the experience concerned. In most cases, however, we are only present physically when something is happening to us, and our attention is almost always somewhere else.
Our attention is either engaged by our past memories, or our plans for the future. The experience in these cases simply happens to us, and we do not learn anything from it. In other words, the experience leaves no trace in us.
We will only be able to learn and benefit from our experience if we add the quality of Consciousness to our presence. In a given moment, when an experience is actually happening to us, we should be are alert and attentive, we should make efforts to reach the depths of the experience, to understand that experience in its entirety. In that case we will not only learn from our experience, but our alertness will be even stronger.
When our alertness is intensified, we begin to realize that we are not a body and a soul, but a pure, contemplating Consciousness behind these. A great inner awakening takes place in us and, for the first time in our life, we begin to feel the most elementary truth of our life, and we experience the pure joy of Existence.
The chant of the heart will sound in us, and our love and happiness will overflow, pouring out to the outside world. The chant will be a wake up call for the people around us, helping them to find their own harmony in themselves, so that they may also sing the chant of the heart.(C) Frank M. Wanderer, 2013-2016.
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) About the author:Frank M. Wanderer Ph.D is a professor of psychology, a consciousness researcher and writer.
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