The Direct Path to Inner Peace
If you are reading this now, you may have already come to the realization that striving for material gains and everything else the world calls “important” is not actually fulfilling. You probably have a yearning for something more significant. You might not know exactly what it is that you want, but I do know because everyone on this planet is actually seeking the same exact thing…
Each and every one of us is seeking for inner peace and a sense of wholeness, perfection, or completion. We attempt to reach this by different means, but the goal is always the same.
Some people strive for this sense of completion by chasing money or “success”
Some people use food, some people use drugs, and some people use certain ‘spiritual’ practices in an attempt to reach this state where they can finally say “all is well now.”
The problem with these means-to-an-end approaches is that they fail to take into account one simple truth, that time as we know it does not really exist. If you say, “I’m going to do this in order to reach peace of mind” then you are placing your peace of mind somewhere in the future, and the future is always out of our grasp.
Peace is not achieved in the same way a material goal is achieved, by visualizing it and then taking steps to get there. Peace is not something you achieve but rather something you realize.
Within you, there already exists a deep sense of peace. You don’t have to strive for it, you only have to recognize it.
I’m here to show you a much more direct way to peace of mind. As you will soon know, the process is much simpler than we probably have been making it.
The 2 Paths
There are 2 paths to peace of mind that I am going to share with you today. Both are simple and extremely effective. You can use both or you can just choose one.
Your results using these methods will depend on your intention and your willingness to apply the methods constantly in your daily life.
Most spiritual practices are set aside for a specific time. For example, you set aside 20 minutes a day to meditate, or one hour a week for your spiritual support group, or one week to go on a spiritual retreat. Most people separate their spiritual practices from their normal life.
We may treat ‘spirituality’ like it’s just some isolated, compartmentalized activity, no different than brushing our teeth or taking out the trash.
We fail to recognize that the true benefits of a ‘spiritual’ life come from treating EVERYTHING we do as a ‘spiritual activity.’
I’m here to tell you that you don’t need to meditate or go on spiritual retreats in order to reach the state of inner peace you desire. It’s not that those things don’t have benefits, it’s just that they are often more of a distraction than anything.
Perhaps you reach a state of peace during your meditation session, but what happens when you come out of it and go back into your normal life? You cannot maintain that state of peace because it was reached through might I dare say ‘artificial’ means.
Don’t get me wrong, I love to meditate, but I’m not here to give you information that ‘sounds good.’ I’m here to show you an easier way to get what you want in life.
The 2 methods I am about to share with you are different than ones you are probably used to hearing about.
They don’t require you to set aside time to practice them. They can be practiced non-stop during your waking hours and allow you to fully participate in the world just as you normally would. This is what makes them so powerful and rapidly effective.
These powerful yet simple techniques will eliminate the imaginary divide between your ‘normal’ life and your ‘spiritual life’.
It will be like meditating for 16 hours a day. If you know the feeling of being in a deep meditation, just imagine experiencing that same feeling nearly 24/7 🙂
Path 1: Focus on Content and Form
This method requires focus and concentration on ONE thing at a time, whether it be the step in front of you, the specific thought going through your mind at this moment, the activity you are performing, or the words you are reading.
For example, when you are brushing your teeth, you would bring conscious attention to every movement of your hand and every sensation and taste in your mouth.
You treat brushing your teeth as a sacred activity, like it was the most important thing in the world. Everything has equal importance, so you don’t feel the need to focus on anything but what you are doing in this very moment.
Taking out the trash is just as important as caring for your family, because you begin to see everything as beautiful and worthy of your attention.
This will not become immediately apparent, but as you practice focusing on what is directly in front of you at all times, the hidden beauty of everything will start to reveal itself to you.
Due to our mental programming, we believe that some things are ‘more important’ or ‘better than’ others.
In reality, everything is equal. It is only our minds that say otherwise. The weed growing in the crack of the sidewalk is just as beautiful as the rose. The criminal is just as worthy of love as the class citizen. If you think otherwise, it is only your thinking that says so.
Reality requires no labels. If you think one thing is more important than another, it is only because you have an attachment to one thing and an aversion to another. But when you focus equally on all things and attempt to see the sacredness of it all, you break the attachments and eliminate the aversions so that everything in life becomes equally wonderful.
Whenever your mind jumps in and tries to label something as ‘good’ or ‘bad,’ you have strayed from what is real and have moved into the world of perception, which is unreliable as a measure of “truth” because it is based on an extremely limited perspective and point of view.
It seems reliable and real to you because it is all you’ve ever known. You believe in your mental programs so deeply that you think your thoughts, opinions, and beliefs are accurate and describe ‘reality.’
Keep in mind that what you call ‘reality’ is subjective. Everyone has a different ‘reality’ because everyone has different mental programs. In Truth, mental programs mean nothing. The Truth requires no comment.
Reality doesn’t care about your opinion. Reality just IS.
Many people take offense when they are told that their thoughts and opinions are basically worthless, but I know that when I heard this and the truth of it actually sunk in, I was ecstatic!
All the thoughts and opinions and beliefs that I cherished for so long, everything that I considered ‘real’ turned out to not be real at all. This meant that I could let go of everything that was weighing me down for so long.
I no longer needed to defend my opinions or argue over differences in beliefs. I no longer needed to get down on myself about anything. I now see that all is well, as it always has been, as it always will be.
If I think otherwise, it is only a misperception and a judgement of a world that requires no judgement whatsoever to make it what it is—perfect.
When you have the attitude of “all is perfect,” you become capable of giving everything your equal and undivided attention because you stop trying to control the future.
The average person is constantly worrying about what ‘good’ or ‘bad’ things might happen and are in constant anticipation of what is to come. Anxiety is the natural state of most people.
When you realize that ‘good’ and ‘bad’ have no reality, you don’t need to look forward to anything because each moment becomes equally ‘good.’ When all you see is beauty and perfection everywhere you look, what need is there for thought about anything else?
This method of focusing on content is extremely simple in practice. You don’t have to change anything in your daily life. It is a matter of your position when approaching what you do.
When you wake up in the morning, where does your focus go? Pay attention.
Most people begin each day with a stream of mental chatter which intensifies throughout the day. You don’t need to change or attempt to stop this mental chatter. This method only requires you to become aware of it.
Awareness will automatically shift your focus. When you focus on each individual thought, it becomes obvious that most of what you think throughout the day is of no real importance or significance.
When you clearly see the insanity of it all, you will begin releasing your need to participate in these nonsensical conversations with yourself.
When you finally get fed up with the constant mental chatter that creates stress and anxiety in your life, you will move your focus from thinking to ‘doing.’ This is the usual progression.
You can now bring conscious attention to each individual action you take. Focus on the feelings within your body as you move around throughout your day.
“Focus on each step as you take it, without anticipation of the next step. This is the way to peace.”
What you will find is that the body goes where it needs to go and does what it needs to do regardless of your thoughts.
Most people think their thoughts are like the ‘captain’ of their ship (the body). They believe that you have to tell the body where to go and what to do or else it will just sit there like a lump. After releasing your need to constantly think, you will see that this is not actually true.
Your body does what is necessary even without your mental input. 99% or more of thinking is just vanity and unnecessary nonsense. After all, do you have to tell your heart to beat? Even your conscious movements can be done without thought. All that is required is your awareness, which operates continuously independent of thinking.
After you have mastered the ability to focus intently on your own thought processes and your own actions, the profound changes begin to occur. You can now go from ‘thinking’ to ‘doing’ to simply ‘being.’
After seeing that the body doesn’t really need your conscious attention to operate, you will be able to let go of the focus on ‘doing’ and shift into a place of just being with what is.
This is when you can finally experience the profound peace you have been desiring. Once you reach this state, you will never be satisfied with anything else.
It is important to note that ‘being’ does not exclude thinking or doing. It is just a higher state of consciousness. You are still free to think when needed and focus on your actions when necessary, but these become secondary states rather than the usual primary one.
Being at peace doesn’t mean you stop thinking or acting altogether. You don’t just sit there and do nothing all day, although that would be perfectly fine. You are simply free to think what you choose to think and go where you choose to go.
The major difference is that you are now in control, whereas before you were basically a slave to your own mental and physical impulses and addictions.
You now have a basic understanding of this simple but powerful exercise in consciousness. Don’t overcomplicate it.
Just remember one word: AWARENESS.
- Whatever you are thinking, be aware of it. Whatever you are doing, be aware of it.
- Judge nothing. Give equal attention to everything and realize that NOW is the only time anything can have existence.
- When you think about the past or the future, you are thinking about it NOW. When you are doing something in preparation for something else, you are doing it NOW.
- Always focus on the ‘now.’
Path 2: Peripheral Focus
This second method can be used in alternation with the first method. This method is more suitable for activities that don’t require your focused attention.
For example, you probably do not want to use this method while driving or operating machinery until you have become accustomed to using it in safer situations.
I call it “peripheral focus” but it is not ‘focus’ in the way we normally think of it. This method is basically the opposite of the first method, but it works just as well.
Instead of focusing on just one thing at a time, you focus on everything in your field of vision at the same time and give no focus to any one thing in particular.
You can practice this now if you wish. Look straight ahead and focus on a single point. This is more natural for the mind. It wants to focus on something specific, but notice that is also causes a slight stress or tension within you.
Now, start to relax your eyes and let go of the desire to focus on anything in particular. Gradually widen your visual awareness until you are aware of everything in your field of vision at the same time.
Focus on the forest, not the trees. Focus on the sky, not the clouds.
‘Focus’ is not really the right word. It is more like simply allowing everything to be what it is.
It is a non-manipulative state of awareness. It eliminates the need for labeling or judging. You can just take it all in and enjoy being in the environment that you are in. You essentially become ‘one’ with it. There is no longer a sense of separation because there is no ‘I’ that needs to focus on an ‘it.’
Personally, I enjoy this peripheral focus method much more than the first method. This method is great for when there is nothing to ‘do’ and you can just kind of zone out. The first method is better for when there are specific tasks you are required to do at your job or at home.
With practice, both methods will become applicable to all situations. You don’t have to do both but you will probably want to practice with each to find out which is more suitable for you.
The only difference between these two methods is that one focuses on content and one focuses on context. In other words, one focuses on specifics and one focuses on the overall picture that includes the specifics.
To explain the methods is much more complicated than actually practicing them. I believe I’ve already written more words than are necessary.
Like anything, these methods require practice and refinement. Everyone is different so everyone will find different ways to apply these methods to the unique situations in their personal lives.
Use the information I’ve given you and try it out for yourself. Be patient and keep practicing. I promise you, it will all be worth it.