Understanding where you are in the world, the universe and what you are doing there.
When you reach the point of peace. The world can be crumbling around you, but you understand the good points in life. When you can reach a higher level of thinking than those around you.
It is a constant reminder of things we’re already aware of. Enlightenment is not finding a holy place or reaching a holy state however it is the grace of knowing how to attain ‘the best you’ . I know we cannot act sane and in control of the situation all the time. It is not the joy of finding but the fear of losing the connection with, the connection within. Wrong are those who consider enlightenment to be found after doing this or doing that.
“The place where you are, enlightenment stands there”.
How to attain that peaceful state, it is a different question altogether?
For me, enlightenment is doing good to others.
It’ll open the door to some secret place, if there any.
Learning something new from one source or another, or re-learning something forgotten or overlooked.
To the religious it can also mean a new understanding.
'You pays your money and you takes your choice', so to speak.
Once you can witness your thoughts, feeling and actions in a detached manner you have become enlightened. You practice the Zen state of non-resistance, non-reaction and non-attachment. This allows you to handle life's challenges without stressing out. Also, you feel oneness with existence instead of separation. Another positive aspect of enlightenment is that you enjoy your activities to the max. You become more sensitive to art, music, nature, etc. Meditation is the most effective method to reach enlightenment. In your meditations you eventually reach a state of absolute Samadhi; then in your everyday life you practice positive Samadhi. By the way this is where the saying "Before enlightenment you chop wood and carry water. After enlightenment you chop wood and carry water" comes from.
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