It’s A Relief When We Stop
In the moment when we stop and sit down, we fall naturally into a deep relaxation. When we stop working, running, talking, meditating … we arrive at non-duality in that moment, just being. Unfortunately, we often miss this experience and so fall either into vacancy (oblivion), or start worrying about the past or future. This deep relaxation is a holiday. A holy moment. It’s that simple, and in fact, could be said to be ordinary.
If we are ever to find the truth of inner peace, it is we who have to experience it for ourselves. It’s not on a blog, in book, at a teaching; it is in sitting in stillness that the ordinary is experienced. The emptiness of pure consciousness is being ordinary – but bright, and therefore extra-ordinary.
Carl Sagan popularised the saying “Extraordinary claims require extraordinary evidence.”
If we are looking for ‘some thing’ extraordinary, then we miss the experience of our own being. It’s a relief when we stop looking and realise that there is nothing to find. We are it! Pure consciousness.
Believing extraordinary claims without evidence means we are led astray. The proof is in our own, pure, conscious awareness, for without this, nothing would be known. It’s the place where we start and end.
A sense of relief could just be said to be the release of endorphins in the brain: the word ‘endorphins’ is a combination of “endogenou” (produced within the body) and “morphine”. They’re released from the pituitary gland during periods of strenuous exercise, emotional stress, pain and orgasm. Endorphins help relieve pain and induce feelings of pleasure or euphoria: a feeling of reassurance and relaxation following release from anxiety or distress. It is the release that brings the feeling of wellbeing.
We may make a mistake about the endorphin effect and become addicted to outer stimuli: this would be detrimental to our physical and mental health. We just have to recognise that a subtle boost is enough.
The more refined we become, the more we notice tensions in the body and subtle body. Such tension is connected to the inner wind rising from just below the navel; this has to be taken back down through the exercise of ‘the gentle breath’, which bring us back to balance … normality … ordinariness. Relief from tension produces inner peace, a feeling of well being, a gentle euphoria.
Need proof? Then practise.