The Place of Pure Being

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Don’t look outside yourself
for the answers
to the questions you are asking.

Become still.
Become still enough to feel your body.
Pay attention to sensations in your body,
trust that they have
an important message for you–
go with your gut.

Become even more still.
Become still enough to feel your heart beating.
Pay attention to this drum in your chest,
let it beat out a song of peace,
of inner knowing,
of now.

Become even more still.
Become still enough to watch your thoughts.
Pay attention to how they rise and fall,
how they swirl and spin
and collide with reality,
how these thoughts are not you.
Ask, “Who am I?”

Become even more still.
Become still enough to notice your thoughts.
Pay attention as you seek refuge from
the mind’s turbulent storm waves
by diving underneath the surface,
finding stillness in the depths.

In that place,
remember who you are.
Now what were those questions again?
And will knowing their answers
get you any closer to the joy
at the center of your being?

Don’t go looking for answers outside of yourself.
Go inwards, to the place
beyond questions, beyond answers,
go to the place of pure being.

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