Do we have it all backwards? Could it be everything we’ve been taught as young children is simply out of order? When did we accept that stress, depression, and anxiety are natural and joy and peace are happenstance? According to the National Institute of Mental Health, anxiety disorders are the most common mental illness in the U.S., affecting 40 million adults in the U.S. alone. Those suffering from anxiety often have depression, as well.
The world tells us at a very young age that in order to be secure and safe we must acquire status, self-importance, and things-lots of things! Therefore, we are always on the lookout and alert for the next best thing. We compare, compete and project into the future thinking it’s what we need to be happier.
Joy and peace are your natural state.
What if we reversed it and joy and peace are our natural state and stress, depression and anxiety are happenstance? Humanly impossible, you say? Possibly, but not godly impossible and your true nature is godly! Fully realizing our true essence as divine in nature first opens us to a love so great that striving for external gratification and validation lessens. As a result, we know where our security and safety truly lies and it is not in self-importance and things. Trusting the partnership between ourselves and the One that created everything allows us to force less and flow more – living from the inside outwardly.
How do you accomplish the impossible? First things First! Jesus said, “Seek ye first the Kingdom of God and all these things will be added to you.” So, in silence, without words, seek the Kingdom! It is experiential, not cognitive, or action oriented. The Kingdom (joy and peace) is within you. It is you! Hence, find a meditation practice that works for you. I have several to choose from; my favorite is focusing on the breath, dropping into my heart while listening to relaxing music.
Your true nature is joy and peace not depression and anxiety. Trust the life force (love), your very breath, which lies within and without. Surrender into its grace for your well-being and that of the world’s.
Copyright, Denna J. Shelton, 2020
A catalog of meditative resources here, check it out!