Do you ever feel anxious, nervous, or afraid? Do you wonder why you feel this way? I come from a family in which feeling this way, at least sometimes, seemed ‘normal’ growing up. We had a very rational, Western way of viewing the Universe, and my parents were beautiful, serving, and empowering people of faith, but still, feeling anxious was sometimes part of life.
Having spent nearly 21 years now on this Eastern spiritual path, I have discovered that feeling at peace through meditation is one of the greatest gifts of life! And when I have lost that feeling of peace, I usually (at my best) turn to what Buddha taught me about the fundamental nature of Reality and the keys to Enlightenment (please see: Mornings with the Masters: Mystical Journeys in a Postmodern World.*)
So, I remember that all is well, which can be challenging to believe sometimes. And yet, the true inner peace comes not only from acknowledging this, but from remembering Who We Are: we are one with God, not separate from God.
This is the only and original separation anxiety: a sense of separation from God.
When we remember that neither we nor anyone we meet is truly separate from God, and that, in fact, the Divine resides within us all as the Knower, the Knowing, and the Known, then we can realize that we have no reason to feel anxious. The Divine is One with Us All. And all is well.
When we live from this space of Oneness, less anxiety will occur, especially as we grow in our ability to perceive and to trust this Oneness. Meditation helps. Raja Yoga and Kriya Yoga meditation techniques are the best that I have experienced to date. Mindfulness helps when we are out-and-about, busy with our day, working, interacting, serving, and so on.
May we find the True Oneness that we are, leading to the everlasting Peace Within. No wonder Christ said that he came to bring Peace! When we know ourselves as Oneness, there is peace.
May it be so!
Love and Light,