The way to do is to be. Lao Tzu wrote those words. I am beginning to understand the underlying necessity of this statement. You cannot do good, you cannot do anything of purpose without first being. Here and now, in this light, being you - mind, body and spirit. Being is the way.
What is occupying my modifying mind, is the hard pressed truth that I cannot know the way, I cannot seek the way, I cannot even contemplate the way. The way to do is to be. And to be doesn't require any formal or informal measures. It merely is, as is. I want to experience contentment, however I am unable to know contentment because I have never experienced it. Therefore, how could I possibly desire something I have never known?
The way to do is to be and I can only be here, this, now. Any thought of wanting contentment, seeking contentment or comparing contentment to my life's previous experiences, is not being, for my mind is canvassing the past and the future. Contentment is an in the moment state. The only way to achieve this present state is to quiet the mind and be still. Restraining the modifying mind gives way to your natural, peaceful state. Therefore, the way to do is to be. Concept grasped.
Now, how does one restrain the modifying mind? How does one uncover their natural state? How does one be? It is a process perfectly attuned to the individual soul. I exist in this process, somewhere on the spectrum, as I ought to. My being is present at every moment of the process. I must allow my body, mind and spirit to align and move in unison through each miraculous moment.
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