“We search for happiness everywhere, but we are like Tolstoy’s fabled beggar who spent his life sitting on a pot of gold, under him the whole time. Your treasure–your perfection–is within you already. But to claim it, you must leave the buy commotion of the mind and abandon the desires of the ego and enter into the silence of the heart.” ― Elizabeth Gilbert- Eat, Pray Love
I Love this quote from one of my favorite books of all time, as it speaks so much to our culture of constantly seeking something outside of us to make us happy. We try so hard, to find ourselves, heal ourselves, to be seen, to make a difference in the world, make it to some illusory place of fame. If I get there, maybe then I will be happy.
I have been through this myself, living in Boulder Colorado the past 20 something years. I have chased the carrot, thinking maybe I will find some final state of well being, bliss, peak state of health or fitness if I keep practicing, healing, studying, meditating. I’ve often wondered, what is this perfection thing I am seeking. Will i ever find it? Is nature perfect? Does it have to try so hard? Perhaps this pot of gold is right beneath us all along and we are looking everywhere but here. What if it is a state of being, a feeling of contentment will all of life, with what is exactly as it is.
I think if we are to evolve our consciousness, the first step is right here. Here’s my personal imput:
Realize who you are are and that everything you are seeking, you already are and as Elizabeth Gilbert beautifully quotes, enter into the silence of the heart. There, you will find the perfection you seek.