Choose Peace is Your Choice: My Day at the Chuang Yen Monastery
Tonight, I’m spending time listening to the beautiful music I purchased at the Chuang Yen Monastery in NY. As I walked the property of this very beautiful monastery, past grand concrete likings of Buddha some weeks ago, I was reminded that in my mind lives both peace and restlessness. I prayed in front of the statues and walked silently barefooted through the temple of ten thousand Buddha’s.
As I strolled through the temple I was reminded to breathe and just be. Music filled the property with sound and a monk chanting in a foreign language followed me, but as the monastery doors closed the quietness invaded my thoughts and I became quiet. I breathed in the tranquility. I became aware of the quietness. I became one with the essence of peace that is within me.
Days later, I found myself chasing my restlessness. When I remembered the peace that I felt on that day, I found it again! I’m reminded that peace is not seperate from us, but it is within me, as it is within you. There sitting between the restlessness and anxiety is a quiet wave of energy called peace. It’s there waiting to be acknowledged, waiting to be rediscovered.
Sometimes we spend so much time worrying or being restless that it causes us to seperate from our true selves. I believe that within us, deep within our truth is the serene waters of tranquility. As we leave behind the noise the lightness of solace forges through and we realize that we are no longer separate.
What can you do when the restlessness, worry or even fear visits and revisits. Acknowledge it, then work hard on KNOWING that within you lies a beautiful wave of peace and gentleness. Maybe the reminder is enough to move you towards your next moment of peace. Pray a little. Be quiet a lot and allow your mind to rest. It takes time and patience, but you can find peace.
With Loving Kindness,