Have You Lost Your Path To Peace?

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The Look Of Now!

Have you had enough? A stomach can get full to overflowing. Clothes will soon follow suit. Eyes can see things they would rather not. Ears endure what is considered noise in many different settings. All of those things you have control over. In reality it’s simply called discipline. You can eat less, better, healthier, avoiding what we know to be detrimental.

Determining what’s best for your eyes avoiding what isn’t. Responsibly choosing what we listen too…but wait! Can you really shut out noise?

You live in this electronic, digital society. Sound bites invade everything around you. News Headlines on tabloids, print magazines scream at you through the ether. There is no silence as cell phones chirp, bleat, clang, whistle and buzz. Clocks relentlessly advance those digital numbers or hands as a constant warning to your senses that you’re late for something.

Eyes are assaulted with visions of the most tantalizing foods literally sending taste buds into orbit. Displays in windows and on the screens of monitors, iPads, tablets, grab your materialistic and consumer senses for the latest stuff. There is a frenzied movement all around you at every level of your consciousness and unconsciousness.

Again the question, have you had enough? The greater may be how do you escape? No matter where you turn it’s there to ambush. Escape seems possible only in some remote area devoid of all possibilities from communication. There’s just one problem. How do you shut off the mind? The subconscious, that is forever talking, moving, jumping from one thought to another relentlessly. Much can be said for meditation that teaches how to shut it out. You’re not there. Now what?

You find yourself drawn back to all the current political unrest. All the clamor is beyond stressful. No matter what view you have it’s under attack. What most want to see is just peaceful progress, a stable environment, and protected borders. The noise in your life has been going full blast it seems for the last decade. Volume of life has been full blast causing tension that does not relax. You desire relief that is evasive.

You realize being one in a nation desperate for the same thing. Has it arrived? Can you trust that sensation seeming to say relax? Other times have been traitorous making trust difficult. After all, when was the last time life could be trusted? Part of living is dealing with all the unexpected.

A deep breath, slow expulsion, allowing nerves and stress the chance to give in to at least a moment. Ready to stiffen in a nano-second. Putting on a shell to ward off the onslaught of the unexpected. Guaranteed to come unannounced when least alert. To stretch, unprotected, vulnerable and exposed. Ahh…it’s been so long since the last time you had this feeling.

Feeling recharged with just those few moments is exhilarating. Bordering on an intoxicating moment that draws you in to that instance of lowering your guard. Suddenly you feel as though there were crosshairs centered on you. In the blink of an eye the wall attempts to reassert itself. You’re ready, determined to resist and enjoy this euphoric sensation of freedom from all that intends to oppress. You have gained precious moments of complete freedom with expectation of falling back into the past. Having tasted, resistance to a return is not an option. The battle is on, just a different one. The answer is no, that you have not had enough! Of peace.

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Alan is retired and resides in Quito, Ecuador. Writing is a passion which has resulted in two eBooks thus far, with more in the works. Married 47 years with four sons and 13 grandchildren, provides potential grist for the mill! Alan is a charter "Boomer", a Viet Nam veteran, committed to roasting his own coffee and writes about whatever pops into his mind. He loves to build and ride recumbent bikes, play racquetball, writes almost daily, travels Ecuador, and talks to anything that does not move fast enough! The twinkle in his eye is a combination of the sun, and an active sense of humor. His desire to encourage others to write is being answered through his articles on the Internet.