We live in a civilization that is restless. We are always moving on to the next thing. The minute we perceive something we immediately put a label on it and then we go on to the next moment. Our attention is focused on things that are fleeting and ephemeral. We are in a constant state of uneasiness and dissatisfaction because all that we see is the surface of things or the polarity of things (good/bad, high/low, happiness/unhappiness). We don’t see the depth that is within and around everything. Then we try to cover up this uneasiness by taking drugs, drinking alcohol, shopping, or getting into a relationship with someone who we believe will take away the uneasiness. But we find that these are just temporary relief. The moment the effects of the drugs or alcohol wear off, or problems start to creep into our “perfect” relationship, we feel the uneasiness return with a vengeance.
How do we cope with this restlessness that is pervasive? How do we drop our addiction to the next moment? We start by observing the things that happen in our lives, without judging them as either good or bad. We become still inside and watch life unfold before our eyes. We don’t get involved in the drama, the tears, the frustration, the argument. We see the situation against the vastness of space and we realize that things had to play their role in the totality so the fullness of life can come forth. We then discover the essence that was hiding in the form–the essence that is one with the form, one with us, and one with the universe. We experience the peace that passes all understanding.