Conflict: A state of opposition to another being or situation that causes discomfort or motivates us to lead a battle, a struggle between opposing peoples or quite often a controversy stirred up by our minds when we are not in agreement with the way things are.

Walking up includes observations of your conflicts. You hear it all the time: “I don’t like this. I don’t like that. They shouldn’t be doing that. Why are we doing this? Why does this have to be like that? How come this is like this? Why do things go the way they do? Why are people so cruel and thoughtless? Why do we have to die…?” It seems we have many conflicts with many things. Conflict includes a lack of understanding, knowledge and; of course, acceptance. We lack understanding of what is truly going on around us – which includes the natural cycles of nature and the universe. We lack the knowledge of how many situations are unfolding around us, despite human intervention or a perceived result, which is merely mind made. Finally, the most challenging for most of us is a lack of acceptance of what is based on universal truths and unquestionable realities. As we raise our awareness, as we wake up, we become more conscious of our conflicts and realize just how many conflicts are created solely by our minds and not by what is really happening.

It goes on in our relationships, almost hand in hand with expectation; we expect something, people fail and a conflict occurs about how they are or what they are doing. It is okay if this goes on, we wouldn’t want to add conflict to our observations; however, be aware of when your understanding becomes a source of negativity. As the student learns to identify the different aspects of their own personality and mindset, (with an awareness of self judgement), change comes on its own. Your conflict with the cycle of life and death will diminish as you move forward towards accepting things for what they are.

A simple meditation, here and there, throughout your day, when it comes to your mind or not: bring your attention to a happening or a situation unfolding before you that causes you conflict. Take a moment to review what is going on. For example, you may wonder why the cheese gets moldy when you leave it on that shelf. No matter how many times you leave it there and attempt to figure it out, it still will get moldy on that shelf. Drop the question, the conflict, only then will you know what to do and change will come without effort.

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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