Being is an interesting word to define. Some refer to it as our true self; that part of us which is there before and after the words we use to define ourselves. Others, such as some theologians, define it as everything that is in existence, as when viewing all that is, all that has been and all that is to come as one. Some describe consciousness as being; as if consciousness is some unidentifiable word that merely points to that which is beyond comprehension. As a verb you may think of being as something that came or that comes into existence. For instance, the current social global movement towards awareness and consciousness came into being centuries ago.

For the student of meditation the word being comes into play as one searches for self-definition. There is a lot of talk these days about how we identify ourselves and each other, and how a majority of people want to be identified. Call me this, don’t call me that… it appears the conflict may be ego motivated or a search for individuals to find their place in the world, an that’s ok or it’s not. Even to call another human can stir up a controversy if the subject doesn’t identify as such.

Being may become the identifying word of choice. It describes no gender, race, religion, sexual orientation, ethnicity, citizenship, alien or human, etc. It covers it. It is how many a conscious being have been describing themselves for centuries. Being describes that which is capable of existing, something that exists and the whole existence of things. The word pretty much covers everything.

The student asked the teacher, “in this day and age, with all the identification issues around, how would you best describe yourself?” The teacher gently replied, “I am a being subject to the identification of those around me, those who define me as they do others from the confines of their conditioned minds. It would be easier to tell you what I am not for the word being merely points to the unlimited possibilities of what I and you truly are. I can give you words that my being includes:  I am love, I am part of the natural unfolding of all that is, I am consciousness realized. I am one with you and all that is, present in this moment, which includes this moment, the past and the future as one indescribable existence, now.”

A meditation, try it out here and there, when you remember or the subject comes to mind, or not. Listen to how people, groups, organizations and you yourself describe themselves and you. Then apply your knowledge of being to the observation, be aware how the description changes or appears when viewing it from an awareness of being.

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.