This domain has hosted many themes over the years, including minimalism and living with less, finding your deepest work, and how to use a simple notebook to organize your life (now hosted over at Zen-Journal.com).
However, as I traverse deeper into my spiritual path of mindfulness and awakening daily to its freshness and insight, I understand that all the foci of the past point toward the ultimate goal of awakening from the illusion of the mind.
The illusion is that “we are what we think.” However, like in the film The Matrix, our thoughts do not represent reality for they are our ego’s running commentary. This commentary sucks us in and we believe it to be a true representation of reality.
The Buddha taught that only through the practices of meditation and mindfulness can we find our true selves, the part of each of us that is beyond thought—where the authentic Self sits.
It is only through union with this ever-present Self, the part of us that is beyond life and death, that we can awaken.
Uncovering and empowering the authentic Self
The Self (with a capital S) is how many spiritual teachers refer to the ever-present observer of thoughts, our most authentic Self. You might call it soul, Christ consciousness, or your divine center. The important message here is that it’s already a part of you and has been waiting for you from the moment you were born.
All you have to do is connect with it.
My sacred mission, beyond my current vocation or hobbies, is to help others awaken.
Ever since writing The Practical Buddhist, I’ve considered it my mission to help others awaken from the illusion of thought, time, and religion. As I transition to my seventh decade and I reflect on all I’ve learned along this path, I am filled with a sense of renewed purpose around this sacred trust.
Nothing could more important.