"The invitation is to stop and rest in the garden. Even if the garden is a mess. Stop and rest in the garden."
There is peace right in the core of any storm that may arise on the surface. Whether this be a mental storm or an emotional one, or a storm within our circumstances, environment, or physical body. When we are seeking for something, whether that be fulfillment, peace, enlightenment, love, or rest, we are only doing so because we assume it is not already here.
We can all probably agree that being human can be a mess a lot of the times. Most of us don't have totally perfect circumstances, sometimes we have unpleasant emotions and thoughts, our bodies are not quite perfect as they get sick, have pains, and are aging. If we look out into the world stage, we see suffering. Our collective story as humans includes heartbreak and war. And with all of this "mess," pristine spaciousness is who we truly are underneath it all. This fact has not been altered one bit from what we have experienced.
"How?" This might be a question that arises with this former bold statement. The answer is in the question when one is truly open to discovering for themselves. Is what we are longing for already here, when we really examine in this moment, if we peel back the layers of desires and get to the essential desire which fuels our incessant search? This is self inquiry. And all of us as human beings are actually privileged because we have the golden opportunity of turning our mind's attention back into the source of the mind. The fragment can recognize it is never separate from the whole. This is not esoteric or something offered only for a few special ones. This is a practical invitation that is immediate and free for all beings.
When what we truly want is peace and not just a peaceful story to tell ourselves, this is the willingness needed to explore what is here in the moment. Usually as human beings, our attention is on a story which keeps us occupied with the past (whether we project it into an imaginary future or recall past memories). None of this is wrong and is actually all a part of being human! But if you really want lasting fulfillment, for one moment there is the potential to stop telling any story and see the peace that holds all stories (good ones and bad ones). There is actually a life which is deeper, and closer than what we think, project, imagine, and perceive. Solid peace more real than the experience of being human.
If we are on a spiritual search, being human is not a problem! Making mistakes, our humanity with the will to survive, imperfection, and messiness are not blocking us from what is forever whole, divine, and perfect because the latter is our true nature, who we always are! Usually we are trying to perfect our humanness. We are whipping ourselves into finally becoming superhuman and extraordinary. And we are unnecessarily suffering instead of enjoying this gift of simply being and recognizing that the subject is always enlightened, even if states of ignorance or clarity arise and disappear on the surface like waves. The invitation extended right now is to stop (for one second at least) chasing after our "enlightened object" project and explore the vast oceans of peace, of your own being right now.
In this respect, the messiness of being human, the heartbreak of being human is a call home if we are willing to open to what we have ran from. When we stop avoiding being human, when we stop our war on humanity, is peace here?
Tathina identified as a serious spiritual seeker after graduating from college. This longing for truth and freedom brought her to Gangaji several years later. With her teacher's support, she discovered who she is encompasses it all. Right now she does volunteer work and is in service to sharing this invitation to discover yourself as peace right now no matter what is on the surface.