We all have a dream for our life, a lifestyle we all long for, but unfortunately with getting caught up in our daily grind to make a living, our dreams get buried underneath all the stresses and expectations that our current lifestyle demands from us. The result is that our lives are filled with unhappiness because the life we’re living is so far from our authentic self, so distant from our dream. At the end we completely forget about the dream we had for our life and instead of living your life, we’re just trying to make a living. But there is a way to rediscover your dream and finding a way to live it.
Firstly we have to remove ourselves from our current lifestyle, even if it’s only for a few days, away from everything and everyone, away from all technology and other influences and distractions. Find a place where you can be alone with your own thoughts and space. A place like a mountain hiking trail or a deserted beach or anywhere you feel comfortable with and where you’ll have complete silence, except from the sounds of nature like breaking waves, a soothing waterfall or just hearing the wind. A place where you can connect with nature and all the natural beauty around you, like admiring a beautiful sunset or just watching the clouds moving by in the sky. The idea is to appreciate nature again and to become part of it.
By reconnecting with nature, you’ve already completed the first step to discovering your authentic self and the life you are supposed to live. Nature will fill your mind with a sense of peace and will help to clear your mind from all concerns or worries and making it receptive to rediscovering your true self and the dream you had for your life. Now you are ready for the second step.
In the second step you will erase all negative energy in you and fill your mind and heart with positive thoughts. Find a comfortable place for you to sit and close your eyes. Breathe in through your nose and exhale through your mouth. Concentrate on your breathing, feel the clean air filling your lungs when you inhale and feel all the toxic air leaving your body when you exhale. Take slower and deeper breaths with each time you inhale and exhale. Just concentrate on your breathing, other thoughts will come up, but just acknowledge them and without thinking about the thoughts that came up, bring your mind back to concentrating on your breathing. And with each breath, take it deeper and slower. Each time you inhaling love and peace and happiness and with exhaling you’re breathing out all the worries, anxieties and darkness in your life. With each breath you feel more at peace and your worries become less and less.
With the third step imagine a beautiful sunrise in your heart and with each minute that goes by, the light of the sun is shining brighter, while still taking deeper and slower breaths. Imagine the sun lighting up your whole being, replacing all the darkness in you. The bright light of the sun illuminating every single cell in your body. Your whole body becomes a bright light in this dark world. Your whole being is glowing in love and peace and happiness. Again, other thoughts will come up, but just refocus on this bright light inside of your heart. At this point you feel completely at peace, all concerns and darkness has been erased from your mind and heart. The only emotion you’re experiencing now is complete and utter peace, you’re mind has gone quiet and you’re feeling a sense of indescribable joy.
At this point you are ready to move onto the fourth step and most important step, the essence of Uddeśa meditation, discovering the goal of your life. In part 2 of this post I’ll guide you on discovering your dream, your goal in life and reveal how living your dream, will release you from the captivity that modern society enforces on you.