"You are looking for what is looking."
~ St. Francis of Assisi
Tuesday, April 21, 2009
No Need for Fear - You Are Not Alone
If I were to name a theme for this blog it would be this: "Everything is connected,nothing lasts, and you are not alone." I would also say this is a simple explanation of what Buddhism teaches.
Fear of death, fear of change, or just the fear of getting old is a common source of anxiety for many. How do we accept the inevitable?
First of all, by knowing that your physical body is not who you ultimately are is a liberating experience. When you turn inward, practice being in the moment of now, notice there are no problems in the stillness of now. Why is that? Because only now is where you find God, or you can use the words the Source, or Consciousness, or Awareness. You can call it any of these. They are just words I use to try to convey something that is actually impossible to express with words or ideas. Only by experiencing this moment of now,(which is all there ever is anyhow) and being the awareness to it, will you KNOW God. Be still and KNOW. Watch the thoughts and emotions float in and out of your mind, like soft clouds going by. You are not that. Feel your body, follow your breath. You are not that. Who is doing the noticing, the witnessing, and who is aware? Who is the Awareness? Isn't it who you are?
Fear of aging and dying comes from when we are attached to the "maya", or the illusion, of a false world and think that our body and thoughts are real. The body, thoughts and emotions, all of these forms, will perish, and they ARE perishing, in fact, every moment without you noticing any of it. So how can forms that are changing constantly and disappearing every moment be REAL? What is it that is REAL?
When we come to terms with radical impermanence, and turn the sorrows of that insight into joy and contentment, we will live in and on each moment.
Turn inward and there lies the peace that every living being desires.