Awake in the World

Despite a daily illusion that our lives may be fairly stable, in the physical world change happens all of the time. Our cells change. The breath changes. The heart rate increases or decreases according to what we see, hear, and do. We especially notice when we meet up with friends after some time and see how they or their kids have grown, gained weight, grown or lost hair and transformed. 

If we live anchored only to the material world this kind of constant change feels frightening. It’s a threat to our very existence. But if we can recognize that we are spirit inhabiting a body and the body is like a pair of jeans that can be changed, then fear and much insecurity vanishes.

When all faith is put in the material world, then much heartache will result. When faith is put in the Divine, or in one’s spiritual Self, life becomes bearable and moments of joy pop in to lighten the way.

As your days go on reflect a little about where you put your faith. Is it in others? In a relationship? A job? All of these will surely change at some point. But when we commit to a spiritual life the anchor lies deep within, in that eternal light of the spirit that in the Vedas is called, atma, a small piece of God, the Paramatma.

As the mind turns more to the inner world of the soul and relies less on things in the world for satisfaction, the heart finds a state of peace. This deep inner place is the only anchor or certainty in a world where all things change 24/7. By spending time in meditation or contemplating the Divine in whatever form to you is dear, the mind focuses more on eternity and less on that which undergoes constant change. In this way it finds some peace and security in a world that is insecure and fickle by nature.

Bio: Debra Moffitt is the award winning author of Awake in the World: 108 Practices to Live a Divinely Inspired Life and “Garden of Bliss: Cultivating the Inner Landscape for Self-Discovery” (Llewellyn Worldwide, February 2013). A visionary, dreamer and teacher, she’s devoted to nurturing the spiritual in everyday life. She leads workshops on spiritual practices, writing and creativity in the U.S. and Europe. More at and on Facebook at:

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