So many smart and thoughtful people—friends, religious figures, philosophers, and mystics—assert that finding bliss demands “necessary suffering,” years of “arduous meditation,” or that it is “exquisitely difficult.” But I say that true grace, joy, bliss, or oneness derives from just changing our minds. Admittedly, this may call for a bit of brain training—oh, how we love our habits—but once you get the gist, you will probably laugh at how easy it is (or how hard we have made it)!
Does it sound nutty? If peace within were really so simple to achieve, why are so many of us so miserable? Or even just nonjoyous? Good question, but that’s for another bottle of wine (hint: it probably has to do with forgetting). More important than that is remembering how to leave misery in the dust by simply releasing into the patient joy vibration of who we really are. And there’s nothing crazy about that.
Thankfully, getting to grace—or at least its front porch—doesn’t need to take long, and there are no prerequisites (except for being in a body, which, I presume, you are…and if you aren’t, then you probably already know about the grace thing). You need not wait until the kids go to college, or you’ve lost those last five pounds to make room for huge joy—and what many call miracles. You can learn to change your mind (or rediscover) how to connect at a consciousness-penetrating level in less time than it takes to watch a rerun of your favorite sitcom.
Maybe even less time than that! When I began serious research for this book, conscripting innocents to practice the (mostly) three-minute exercises and report back, one very wise woman responded, “Three minutes? Who doesn’t have three minutes? I always have three minutes.” She’s right. In about as much time as it takes to eat a breakfast taco or organize your wallet, you could be opening the door to bliss, happiness, or any number of better-than-whatcha-got-going-on-now options.
Gratefully, I am not alone in the ideas I share here, and I shamelessly invoke the wisdom of more intelligent others who have “rethought” the script they see enacted all around them. (In fact, not a single concept in this book is “new news.”) I have called on them frequently to lavish their own truthy words on us. You will recognize many—Jesus, the Buddha, Einstein, and the Beatles. Besides the famous names included, many a brilliant Love sage you will read here may be new to your library of experience, demonstrating that we don’t have to be a big name to be a big “repenter” or rethinker of life!