Given the strength of the ego, this is not an easy state to reach. It’s always trying to intervene. But I realized during a recent meditation that actually I was often in that state and I was aware why.
First, I am always very clear that all I want in life is to be at peace and experience happiness in the moment.
Second, I know that all I need to be happy is to offer others joy, be in the company of loved ones and friends, respect my mind, respect my body, be in touch with nature, and live within my means.
Third, I know that my natural state is peace, harmony, love, beauty, faith, trust, and happiness.
Fourth, I know that all I need to be at peace, in my natural state, is to be aware of the emptiness of all five skandhas, that they are all a product of the mind, that they cause suffering and so are not my true self, and choose to not engage them and return instead to my unborn Buddha mind.
Fifth, I have faith that regardless what life throws my way, I will always go deep inside myself and return home to my true Buddha nature and so be at peace and experience happiness in the moment.
As I have often written, faith is the beginning and end of one’s practice. Faith in the Buddha dharma and faith in oneself, in one’s unborn Buddha mind. It is that faith that allows us to face the challenges of life and yet maintain a state of peace and happiness, rather than suffer and experience samsara.
We are never home free. Our ego is always waiting for a weak moment, a chance to assert itself. But as I become stronger, as the seeds of my true Buddha nature are watered and the roots grow deeper, there is less opportunity for the ego to assert itself, and when it does arise it is more likely that I will be aware and not engage it, allowing it instead to subside. And so over time, without me nourishing it, it will become weaker and weaker.