Why are things the way they are?
We often feel frustrated or suffer emotionally painful experiences. We struggle to find a way through. We naturally attempt to work things out through intellectual analysis and mind-made interpretation, but no matter how much we think or believe we have discovered answers, more questions always arise.
At some point we attempt to seek deeper meaning. We look to all kinds of sources, trying to satisfy our desire for understanding.
This never ending search comes about because the mind and the material world are only surface aspects of the totality of our existence.
To find lasting ease and understanding we must explore deeper, through quiet contemplation. Through exploration we can come to a realisation that there is a sense of 'quiet presence' in the background.
With practice it becomes possible to rest in this 'place' and 'observe' everything that happens in our outward experience. We gradually find we are disengaged from the express train of the mind, the turmoil of emotion and day-to-day life. When this state becomes more stable, we increasingly see everything in our life in fuller perspective.
So what is this 'place'? Have we found our spirit or soul? What is this? Has it always been there? Why does it feel that it has a quality of peace and serenity?
If we do not get caught up analysing it, or relying on a religious belief system to define it, we can simply learn to deepen our connection to it.
In time the answers to questions like: "why did this happen?", "what's life all about?", "what's my purpose?" gradually reveal themselves - and with this we find we can respond more harmoniously to events and situations.
Spiritual guidance can help us to look within and rediscover our true inner guide.