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Why I Am Not Enlightened Yet And Don’t Give A Damm

CATEGORY: LIFESTYLE
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I admit that I am the perfect example of how we misunderstood the meaning of spiritual practice and life itself. I started practicing meditation when I was ten and grew up expecting that if I practice regularly, I will reach enlightenment by the age of forty.

A few months back I had a breakdown. I cried on my friend’s shoulder that I have not reached enlightenment. I was forty and felt like a loser. What I realized several months later, was that enlightenment was not a competitive sport.

  • It’s a state of mind. It has nothing to do with being perfect, always in a good mood and happy. You cannot control external events, stop the aging process or avoid people who will challenge you.
  • Enlightenment is not about going somewhere or reaching something. It’s about being right here, right now. It’s about absolute peace and presence. It’s about accepting where you are fully. My biggest inspirations are Byron Katie and Eckhart Tolle.
  • And as it’s not about reaching but being, you cannot program it. It’ll happen when it’s supposed to. It’s already here but in our regular state of mind, we’re not seeing it. Have you read The Alchemist? The hero had to travel the world to grow as a person only to come back home to find a pot of gold in his garden. It was there the whole time but he wouldn’t have discovered it if he didn’t undergo the journey.
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ONE MINUTE PRACTICE THAT WILL CHANGE YOUR LIFE:

For one minute, watch your breath. Remember that all you need to do is WATCH.

Your chest opens, the air comes in, the chest comes down and you exhale.

Once you feel more comfortable with this practice, focus on your body.

What do you feel in your hands and your feet? Are your shoulders stiff or relaxed?

Just watch your body.

Why is this practice so powerful? Because it forces you to be present, not to strive for anything and just be here now.

4 Comments
  • Sonja
    14.05.2019

    Miriam, to me, you are enlightened. One cannot feel peaceful and positive ALL the time. Just because you would get too accustomed to it so that you would’t feel the peace anymore when it’s there. To me, you are wonderful and so much wiser than many of us.

    • Miri
      14.05.2019

      Oh, thank you for your kind words, Sonja. Big hugs. Hope to see you soon! XO

  • Jennifer
    14.05.2019

    I will need to try this. I feel like a failure everyday.

    Jennifer
    Effortlessly Sophisticated

    • Miri
      14.05.2019

      Oh, you are not a failure at all, Jennifer.

      XOXO
      Miri

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