This is what I know: Happiness, joy, gratitude, peace and other states of being can only be experienced in the present moment. Plus, the only place you can experience the divine is also in the present moment, which must be embodied. That is, mindfulness must include your whole body – from the inside, the feeling part of you. The thinking mind must stop, in order to experience God. Belief in God won’t work – that’s separation.

It used to be said (another belief) that women feel more than men. Not true anymore. We’ve discovered everyone is a blend of masculine and feminine. The trick is to balance these by remembering to be present in your body, even while doing outer happenings, like talking on the phone or watching a movie.

It’s easy. It just takes remembering that it’s all of you that enjoys what you are doing – every moment. The exceptions would be only when you choose to come from ego for the purpose at hand. Ego is in control of thinking, reasoning, proving and labeling. Ego is useful, but only if you don’t identify with it. You are not your thinking mind.

Here’s how Albert Einstein wrote about solving problems:

“I think 99 times and find nothing. I stop thinking, swim in silence, and the truth comes to me.”

I think 99 times and find nothing. I stop thinking, swim in silence, and the truth comes to me. In presence, fully aware of what I feel, energy-wise in my body, I am an anchor of the joy and peace that always exists. I express blessings, compassion and joy everywhere and to everyone. I trust you, too, remember to do this frequently.

Dr. Eleanor Richard

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