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5 Simple Steps to Enlightenment

The mind itself is intangible, in fact it does not exist. The surest way to control it is to seek it. Then its activities cease. ~Sri Ramana Maharshi

Enlightenment is your essential being. It is your natural state. There is nothing to be attained, you are already enlightened. When all layers of the onion skin are peeled away, what remains is enlightenment. You will know enlightenment when you experience a quiet allness in nothingness.

golden leafSurrender
Let go. Release the past and any desire to want more. Forget your culture, forget your gender. Be open and accept who you are, where you are and where you’ve come from. Be like a freshly fallen leaf at the end of its life cycle, golden in color, gently floating along on the water’s surface, without fighting, without knowing where you’re headed. Enjoy the ride.

Increase Your Awareness
Upon waking, be aware of your breath. Smile and recognize the life inside you. Listen to the birds. Be aware of your body’s needs. Feel the life pulse inside you. Observe your thoughts and notice what you think about. Notice how you walk. Notice how you eat. Do one thing at a time. Notice how you relate to others? If you observe it, you have conquered it.

Don’t Think So Much
Learn to be still. Clear the mind by meditating every day. Feel what it’s like to not think. Become imbued with silence and all actions will reflect silence. Differentiate between your daily waking state and a no-mind state. Realize that you are not the mind or the body. Judging, expectations, ego and suffering will diminish.

Go By Heart
Listen to your body. Your body is never wrong. See your heart open. Don’t second guess yourself. Practice: First Thought, Best Thought. Ask your heart for the answer. Identify your soul’s mission and follow your heart’s desire.

Be On Purpose
Make choices based on your worthy intentions. Focus on what you want, not on what you don’t want. Foster enthusiasm. Live a noble life. See the God in you and others.

Truth, like gold, is to be obtained not by its growth, but by washing away from it all that is not gold. ~Leo Tolstoy

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