Throughout the ages, the great thinkers, philosophers, and spiritual masters have talked about a higher realm of awareness within us—a state of mind, a way of thinking, a type of perception—where we experience the ultimate sense of well-being. The Buddhists call this higher realm of awareness Nirvana. They describe it as being like a gentle breeze that finds all things worthy of caress. The Hindus consider this awareness a mystical union with Brahman, their chief God. The Zoroastrians call it paradise, and they say the loveliest becomes lovelier.
We have all experienced moments when we felt joyously and exuberantly free. Perhaps this feeling accompanied a particular success or achievement. Often it comes unexpectedly, for no apparent reason. … In this moment of freedom, our earthly worries and fears seem to suddenly fade into insignificance and a confidence arises, a sense that everything is possible. … Life is no longer finite. Instead, a great wave of magnanimity floods our being, a wave that rolls in on an ocean of generosity and compassion.
“Heaven’s where you live it,
So the prophets say.
Heaven is within you.
Find that place today.”
—Barbara Louise Clark
“Come here, Mama,” my daughter, Danielle, called to me excitedly as she stared outside the window. “Now!” Hearing her urgency, but wanting to finish my breakfast, I reluctantly hurried to look outdoors. Twenty-plus inches of snow on the ground, and being trapped in the house like an icy prison for days had made me grouchy. I did not want to move.
“Look; you see it?” I saw nothing, only whiteness amid a snow-capped landscape. “The tree,” she pointed as I peered closer.