– Taizan Maezumi
In Buddhism, nirvana is freedom from suffering and desire. It is transcending the ego and experiencing the true nature of reality.
When suffering and fear fall away, we experience pure joy and bliss. We lose our sense of an individual self, we understand our connectedness to everything and experience the enlightened state of nirvana.
Although some believe you need to join a monastery and study for years to experience it, nirvana is attainable to anyone. It is attainable to you, right now.
Take a mindful breath and be present to what is occurring in this exact moment in your life. Be present while you read these very words.
When you are present, in that very moment you become a spiritual master, and in that very moment of presence you experience nirvana.
This is why the Zen monk, Taizan Maezumi, states, “…life right here, right now, is nirvana.”
Nirvana is being present while at a stop light. It’s being present in the grocery store. It's being present while washing the dishes. It’s being present while getting dressed. It’s being present when you speak with someone. It’s being present during a business meeting. It’s being present while responding to email. It’s being present to each moment of your life, no matter what you may be doing.
So, be the spiritual master that I know you can be and live the miraculous life that I know awaits you – a life free from suffering and desire. A life of bliss, joy, and love…nirvana.
It is an honor to serve you in your spiritual journey of awakening.
With love and gratitude,
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