A friend just shared this quote with me which I believe is at the heart of developing self-mastery:
"There is nothing to attain, just feeling, delighting, and aligning."
—The Heart of Transformation, by John Friend (Anusara Yoga)
Right on! Some scriptures came to mind in response to that quote:
"Peace, be still!", "Be still, and know that I am God"
— Quiet the storm and connect with quiet FEELING and just know.
"The kingdom of God is within you", "The worth of souls is great in the sight of God"
— just ALIGN with what already is. Stop fighting what "should" be and align with what truly IS inside you and around you.
"Consider the lilies of the field...", "Rejoice in the day the Lord has made."
— DELIGHTING in what is all around us already. Rarely do we take the time to consider, delight and rejoice. The old cliché of "stop and smell the roses" is wise indeed.
And while, as the quote states above, "there is nothing to attain", paradoxically while we stop trying to attain and instead focus on feeling, aligning and delighting the result is attainment of the most precious experience of all: peace.
"Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you."