Quick Thoughts - Going for Enlightenment

I know you say there is nothing to search for, nothing to do, nowhere to go, yada-yada, but I want to do it. I have decided to go for it, and thats what I want to devote my energy to. Without telling me not to do it, or that I don't need to, can you give advice on something I could do to help stick to this path? I'd really appreciate it.

If you are going to do it, then go all out. Let nothing stand in your way.

It may surprise you to hear me say this, but I think it is great that you have made this decision. And it seems that you understand that this takes attention and great energy, which is good.

It is true that I have said most people will be happier if they never search for it, but that does not mean I think people should not do it. (It is true I question the NEED to do it, but that is a different matter.)

People do search, and that is a fact. Who am I to tell them to stop? It would be unfair for me to tell you to do anything, and it would be outright insane for me to hope you will do something different from what you are doing.

Having said that, there is little advice I can give you on this matter. But there is one thing I see happening all the time amongst seekers.

They separate the search from "every day" life.

If you are serious, then this choice you have made will follow you every second of every day. I will not be, "Now I am going to meditate to reach enlightenment, then I will go to the office." No, No. This wholeness is everywhere. It doesn't matter where you are, or what you are doing.

I had a conversation recently with someone that told me, "I had to get a sitter for my kids so I could meditate to become peaceful." I understand the need to get a sitter if you want to do something alone, but do you need to meditate to find peace? Does that also mean that you can not be peaceful around the kids?

It is a useless activity if you think you will go into meditation to find peace, then afterwards return to the "real world". The real world IS the kids. (Or whatever you happen to be doing.) Find peace with the kids; see the joy in every single moment. There is great love there, and those little guys/gals will be the best teacher you'll ever have.

In other words, try to see that wholeness is everywhere already. See that there is no separation between activities you may be up to. Every moment of every day holds the greatest teaching you could ever possibly want.

This wholeness is in everything. I don't care if you are reading a book, arguing with your brother, having sex, or doing a number 2, it is always there.

Start with that, and see what happens. I hope it is helpful to you.