Sometimes you have to make a choice and to be able to discern that which gives you true fulfillment and joy from that which gives you only a momentary experience that leaves you haunting for more.
It takes a certain maturity and wisdom to start appreciating and tangibly feeling the value and treasure of peace.

Obviously we start out in life driven by the desire to succeed, to make experiences, to gather comforts and taste pleasures. It

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is in a way natural and it gives a reflection of happiness. But it can also happen that we may go astray in our pursue and fixation on something which really doesn’t give us true value. Because as nice as any experience can be it is also passing and momentary and often it doesn’t satisfy us for long but makes us soon restless for more.

Like this we can fall in that vicious circle of seeking and never really finding. We get accustomed to look for more, for new and start to miss what is already here, who we really are in this moment and the deeper peace which is available.

And like this we get further away from our true Self. We start to forget … our oneness, our nature, our light. They become like a distant echo from a dream and we become alienated from our own being. We start to truly believe that all there is in life is this circle of gaining and loosing, and seeking, and running to get something somewhere else, sometime else.

That in the east they call maya or illusion. It might sound a bit harsh word but what is meant by it is that for a while we might be under the illusion that all that glitters that we try to get and seek has something big and valuable in it but in reality we never really get it, we only strive for it never truly to reach it. Because when you reach one thing you start running after another and there is never really a stop point.

In the east they have another word too that’s the opposite of maya – awakening. What it means? It means suddenly realizing the futility of this play and waking up from this dream of chasing things which you never reach. And when you wake up you see that all you ever need is already here and that in fact the happiness is your true nature that is always available when you don’t project it somewhere else. And you start to see the real value of peace, of yourself, of being here.

And at some point when we are wise we come to this choice – to keep chasing the wind or to open our eyes and heart to that which is here and that which is truly beautiful and valuable and find lasting peace and happiness.

Every moment we make that choice.
Choose wisely.