Feeling the Tranquility Within
There is a richness within every human being.
There is a possibility to feel peace within every
human being—the peace that we were born with
and that will be there for as long as we live.
is the most important thing. What a remarkable
change it would be, not to be dependent
upon the way things are in life for your happiness.
You have something else—another possibility within
Imagine you're in a sailboat
that's bobbing up and down with the waves.
You hate going up and down. So you've tied
a long flat board in front of the boat, and
you're trying to slap down every wave. Obviously,
it's not working, but there you are trying
to flatten the waves, thinking that then you'll
have a really nice journey in life.
Within you lies a very
tranquil ocean. Sail there and you will feel
the tranquility. Life should not be about just
ideas and thoughts. Life should be about feeling—really
feeling the tranquility within. Feel peace
from your heart, not just, "I think I feel peaceful." Really
feel peace, and be independent of all the outside
circumstances for that peace, for that joy. It
exists in your heart.
Feeling is real. Thoughts are created. They
come and go; they change, disappear, and become
totally invalid tomorrow. Feeling doesn't. It
stays. Theories are great to read, but don't
ever trade them for feeling, because you have
to feel, too.
This is about your heart. You cannot fool your
heart. You can fool your mind, and the mind can
fool you, and it does. But the heart cannot be
fooled, and the heart does not fool you.
So the heart has to be the judge, not the mind.
A change of priorities has to occur. Simplicity.
Feeling. Feel every step that you take. Feel
every day that you live. It isn't just that a
day comes and goes. It is that in this day you exist.
Do you feel that? When that begins to change,
Here's a little story.
One day a man was walking down the road, and
he saw something shiny. He picked it up, looked
at it, and thought, "This
is a very sharp piece of glass. I'll toss it
aside so that no one gets hurt." A few hours
later a jeweler walked by and was also attracted
by this shiny thing on the side of the road.
He picked it up, examined it, and realized, "I
am so fortunate. I've found an incredible diamond."
When you're not ready to
admire this life as it is, it's just a piece
of glass. You take it and say, "It's nothing," and
toss it. But there are those who learn how
to recognize. They learn the value of life.
They learn the feeling. They learn about understanding.
As human beings, we need
to be in peace. People say, "Peace is not possible." To
me, where there is a will, there is a way.
Maybe the very first step just needs to be
acknowledgment, seeing the possibility that
life is not a piece of glass, but is, in fact,
Life is not a joke. We've been given a very
special gift. Maybe seeing that is the first
step—a small step, but that's where it begins.
Once the first step has been identified, you'll
take all the rest of the steps, because what
lies at the end is the fulfillment of a lifetime.