“Enlightenment” is a term I hear used a lot these days. It’s often in the context of gaining some kind of spiritual excellence.
I do wonder about this: it comes close to smacking of superiority and so I’m suspicious of it. So, is this something real and something worth moving towards?
I think so. The Buddha said that you will know enlightenment because it always tastes of freedom, just as you know the ocean because it tastes of salt. This implies that I achieve enlightenment every time I can flow with the process of life, without feeling triggered or reactive in any way.
Sometimes, I do feel that way. And, no doubt, you do too.
One thing for certain, then, is that when I’m anxious, or stressed, or lost in worry, I’m not in a state of enlightenment. I’m in an opposite kind of state: frozen in time, fighting off inner daemons.
I’ve been there too? What about you? If you’ve been in a place of anxious stress, were you able to find your way to a better place? If not, you may find my online course Burning the Candle at Both Ends worthwhile.
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Maryanne Nicholls is a Registered Psychotherapist. To find out more, gain access to her weekly newsletter, meditations and programmes, sign up at www.thejoyofliving.co .