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I have just read this very candid post from someone who left facebook for more meditation – and is much happier! This resonates so much with my own experience that I decided to share,

As well as close friends and family I hooked up with old school friends, work colleagues, gym buddies. My virtual world was growing larger and larger but I felt my real life was becoming increasingly insular. The more I connected to people online the more disconnected I felt from reality, from myself. I found myself reaching for my phone as soon as I woke up and Facebook was always the last thing I looked at in bed at night, it took me ages to get to sleep, my mind would be full of status updates.

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Worldwide meditation for a better world on 12/12/12

Next Wednesday, December 12, at exactly the same moment, the entire world will be uniting in a global meditation to uplift humanity and bring about a positive shift as we enter a new age.

There will be two worldwide, synchronous guided mediations on the The Master Shift website to wish goodness and happiness for the world. The first meditation is set to 9:30 pm Tokyo (JST), the second set to 9:30 pm New York (EST).

On 12.12.12 we are asking the entire world to be a part of a global meditation where everyone can focus on positive thoughts for our planet and ourselves at the EXACT SAME MOMENT.

The entire world will slow down for a moment to share in love and peace for the planet and each other. Anyone can participate. There’s no special discipline required nor is any specific religious belief or philosophy. All that is asked is that you be present.

Are You Sleepwalking through Your Life?

I often awoke at 2 A.M. with a painful knot in my stomach that stayed there through the day and into the evening. I brought it to bed with me every night. I ate my lunch at my desk while texting on my “crackberry,” chatting on my cell phone, typing e-mails, and wolfing down a sandwich . . . all in five minutes. And I realized I had been doing that for almost 15 years.

Nonstop, overwhelming thoughts relentlessly raced through my head as I attempted to juggle so many different pieces of my life and finding unfulfillment at every turn. I craved peace of my mind. I craved a job with a purpose. I craved the depth of feeling I had known so well in my youth. I was light-years from that moment. I was sleepwalking through my life. My personal and work relationships were stressed and strained. I was waking up, burning through the day, performing my “job,” coming home, eating dinner, reading a book or watching TV, and passing out.

Are You Sleepwalking through Your Life? How to find your reason for being: a great testimony by Davidji, whose guided meditations never fail to inspire me. Any similarity with my own life is not mere coincidence: a few years ago, I also felt I was a “zombielike autopilot of an existence”, and even now, I am still learning to drive.

To the reader who arrived here googling “come on inner peace i don’t have all day”

Dear reader,

Thank you for your query. I am sure you did not find the answer you were looking for here, but I hope you will come back and see this post I am writing especially for you.

Seeing your query reminded me of times when I searched the whole web for similar keywords, and answers to the meaning of *my* life. It wasn’t long ago, around 2008/2009. I was desperate, and I wanted inner peace quickly. I didn’t find any solutions anywhere in the whole web, but all that despair did lead me to the conclusion that I would have to work out the solutions on my own.

A while after that, I started my own journey of self-knowledge. I still have a long way to go, but right at the beginning, I realised it very clear: inner peace was not something that I could find anywhere in the world. I could not trade or buy it, nor could I find it on google. It does not come ready. Nobody can give it to me. It is not external. I need to find my own, inside myself. Well, it is called inner peace, after all.

It requires sowing and reaping a variety of seeds. In my own experience – and hope it can be of some help – one of the seeds for inner peace is to have a clean and clear conscience. To have a clean conscience, you need to be free of guilty. To be free of guilty, you must watch your actions very carefully – each and all of them, every minute – and check with yourself if they are OK with your own conscience.

Know your own values, ethics and principles so that you don’t run against them. Ask yourself why you are doing this or that. What for? Check your real intentions. Are they what you would expect of yourself? Think how your actions will affect other creatures. How would you feel in their place? Try to foresee the consequences of your actions. If at any time you find that the act in question will leave even a small red mark in your conscience, reconsider you actions.

With time, you will find your conscience will be clearer, guiding you towards your real self, and then you will start to notice the first symptoms of inner peace. Remember, with time. Be patient and kind to yourself, forgive yourself for past unconscious acts and start again fresh, these are good seeds too. You may need more than a whole day, perhaps a whole life time, but inner peace will come a little each day, or rather, be awakened inside yourself.

In other words, the path to inner peace requires mindfulness. It requires you to become more conscious of yourself. And again, it requires time. There is one thing that you can do quickly though, and it is to get started. Meditation and cultivating a contemplative attitude towards yourself and life will help you with that. It has helped me. I am slowly getting there. Hope you will too.

Light and love,
P.

PS: In case you were just looking for UberDian’s rant, see it below: