Good News

“Good news.” Defining “good news” is rather simple, almost self-explanatory. Good news is good news. It’s an event or the knowledge of something that you label as positive or good. The evangelist speaks of the “Good News” as the knowledge of the coming of the Kingdom of God, which is really good news for the devout and theologians. Keep in mind, that the labeling is subjective to the human being.  You have heard it before:  what’s good for the goose is good for the gander.  Meaning, what is good news to some is also good news to others. In the state of conscious awareness, we understand that nothing is really good or bad, it just is. And that’s okay.

Often times, our religions tell us there is good news, a level of peace and joy achievable through faith and grace, yet they neglect to tell us how to achieve these goals.  I have some good news for you.  The experience of the glory and grace of all creation is already yours. It is clouded by the workings of your overactive and often all-consuming mind. There is another way to live your life; through mindful awareness and the conscience experience of what it is to be human. There is a way to separate yourself from the often negative workings of your mind. To silence your thoughts (those you are not in control of) so that your mind is free to experience the true nature of your being. And if not to silence them, at least achieve a level of conscious awareness so that they have less negative effect on you. Your true nature is one of peace, love and joy. The good news I tell you today is:  the cure for the majority of your mental anguish is simplistic and waiting for you. Learn and practice mindfulness, awareness, and meditation.  If you don’t know how, learn. If you’re not ready, then let the sufferings of your mind lead you to the moment you are.

A simple meditation: Throughout your day, here and there, when it comes to mind or not, bring your attention to how you label the news that you hear. Be aware of how your mind labels it as good or bad. Take a moment. Think. (There is a difference between purposeful thinking and the stream of thought.) If you were in a different mood, would that cause you to label the moment differently? If your mind adds non-applicable thoughts to the moment, bring your attention back to the observation of how you’re labeling the news. Remember, nothing is inherently good or bad. Things just are. It’s a new day. Your day.

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Inner peace may mean different things to different people. Some may believe that inner peace is different for all of us, which can also make defining inner peace a challenge. For many of us, the desire for inner peace can be clouded by definition or in our inability to possess the knowledge to find such a state of being. For myself, inner peace is a mental state of being not clouded by the repetitive conditioned programmed thinking of my mind. A state of being where my true conscious self is separate from the manipulation of my thought stream. Like too many people, I had a rough start. I was raised in the 1960s during a time where the line between discipline and abuse had not yet been drawn by society and where, in many homes, neglect and victimization was the norm. In too many arenas, it is still the same for many unfortunate children and young people today. As a result of the environment I was raised in, I spent most of my twenties in a state of mental anguish. At the age of 27 I came to the understanding that abusing drugs and alcohol was not the answer for dealing with a tortured mind, and though I was able to accomplish and attain many material things that the world had to offer, I wanted something more, inner peace. After being diagnosed with institutional grade PTSD and several sever forms of depression, I decided to take on the challenge of psychoanalytic therapy. For 13 years, I worked with therapists, psychiatrists, psychoanalysts, and medical doctors to address the disorders that were the result of my upbringing. I included personal studies of psychology and human behavior to add more knowledge in my pursuit of wellness. By the age of 40, as I had always done, I was sharing the knowledge I had gained and my life experience with others with similar situations to my own. Despite my efforts, I could still not separate from the mind of a manic depressive. I could not attain inner peace. My desire for inner peace led me to meditation. Meditation is a practice that separates us from the workings of the conditioned programmed mind and the endless stream of thought. After several months of mediation studies and practice, I began to feel the separation of my true self from the confines and mental torture of my own mind. At that moment a new, although difficult, journey had begun. I spent years of riding the roller-coaster of mental anguish and peace as I continued my struggle to mental freedom. Now, 18 years since my meditation studies commenced, I find myself in a state of conscious presence that allows me to live peacefully with a mind suffering from mental illness. My journey has included sharing my knowledge and understanding of the inner workings of the mind with others to help them attain peace and joy as I have; aiding them in their quest to escape the suffering of the confines of their programmed conditioned minds. I have recently taken my teaching to a new level, carrying myself as a published writer, teaching mediation and sharing the knowledge of the ability for each and every one of us to achieve our natural state of being, which is peace, love and joy.

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