It seems clear to many that this moment offers freedom, joy and peace. Staying in the present moment is an issue that occupies the minds of many that have felt this deep peace that only truly being present and aware can give you.
Yet how to remain rooted inside it?
Simply being in the Now, observing your surroundings, taking a few deep conscious breaths or listening to the sounds around you can center you and deepen your experience of life.
If you take your time to just be, without trying to get here or there and without trying to control this or that (including the past, which we all frequently lament or try to mentally fix and change in some way – to no avail, obviously) and just stay HERE for more than a few seconds of clocktime, a deep and profound stillness and spaciousness opens up, around you and inside you.
To most people, the word surrender means “giving up” and in general has a very negative connotation, one most associated with defeat and failure.
Jesus on the cross, symbolizing the deepest surrender.
But true surrender, on a spiritual level, is an extremely positive action that frees you from the shackles of mind made resistance to the situation, place or person you are experiencing. It is the failure and defeat of the limited mind and the victory of the unconditional, deepest self that you are at your essence.
Spiritual surrender fundamentally means completely embracing and thus transcending your limited sense of self and with that all resistance associated with it.
It is the complete and total acceptance of a situation, person, place or thing that is currently present either only in your mind as a thought or picture connected to an emotional response or as an actual physical event unfolding in front of you (which is of course also always associated with a mental and emotional response – the physical event holds no meaning on its own until the mind gives it meaning and resists it, which is then the main cause of suffering).
“If you want others to be happy, practice compassion. If you want to be happy, practice compassion”
– The Dalai Lama
Compassion is an amazing thing. To be able to see the perspective of another and perceive the world from their point of view is a very important skill to have.
But compassion goes far beyond that, it is not really a skill, but a way of being and relating to other beings in the process.
What we see in the world right now is a tremendous lack of compassion. Humans at this moment, simply cannot relate to other beings and see them as someone that also seeks happiness and wants to avoid suffering. As a result of that we are creating a world full of anger and fear.
The first that is needed is compassion for ourselves. What this means is that we need to become aware of our suffering, the repressed hurtful emotions and tendencies that are outside of our current field of awareness, (because we have blocked them and thus narrowed our field of consciousness) usually buried in our subconscious or just on the edge of our conscious perception.
Since most people are not even aware they are suffering, they can hardly understand that others are suffering, or empathize with them.
Most people are simply in a state of blankness or resistance. They feel nothing, or at least very little – thus they cannot feel either happiness or suffering since they have desensitized themselves to both.
When we see and actually become aware that we are in a state of suffering, but have simply covered it up with resistance, we can finally engage our buried emotions, thoughts and inner wounds.
By becoming conscious of them and embracing them we can dissolve them and with that gain a deeper understanding of our own experience and the experience of all beings.
Here I’ve uploaded one of my favorite audio clips for letting go of all limiting emotions, beliefs, thoughts, pictures and sensations. Anything and everything blocking you from experience joy, peace, love and freedom, as well as clarity, peace of mind and boundless energy (and associated physical health)
The recording comes from one of my favorite courses on inner/spiritual growth that involves a very simple, but effective technique for ridding oneself of any and all limiting inner baggage – “The Sedona Method”, taught by Hale Dwoskin. This clip comes from the sister program of the method called “Beyond Letting Go”.
I have personally been using the Sedona Method and several programs related to it with great results for almost ten years now and I highly recommend them all.
Even this audio alone, if you listen to it repeatedly can be enough to rid yourself of an incredible amount of inner emotional turmoil and resistance to the freedom that always flows in this very moment.
I often enjoy going through this process on my own, by talking myself verbally or simply mentally through the whole process – so ultimately there is no audio required, it is simply an aid that can be useful to help you concentrate, learn this simple process and relax.
As you listen simply allow yourself to embrace whatever comes up. Questions that are being asked are simply there to guide you into becoming aware of various aspects of your inner pain and conditioning. As you become aware of these aspects (which are divided into three main categories – (1.) your thoughts/emotions/sensations, (2.) your wants and (3.) the feeling of the whole issue being personal, the sense of identification) simply allow yourself to embrace them and welcome them.
This will then allow you to integrate them or in other words, let them go.
Throughout my journey on the spiritual path, I’ve collected some of the best music to help you relax, meditate, bring peace to the mind and ultimately transcend it.
I’ve collected links of those songs I could find on YouTube and I’m posting them here for your enjoyment.