the outward dream
One of the first barriers to spiritual practice is restlessness.
Restlessness is experienced as happiness being “elsewhere.” There is something intuited as unsatisfactory in your present circumstances and there is something desired elsewhere. The strained energy between those points creates the feeling of restlessness.
Whether it is wanting to be elsewhere on a work day, at the right night spot on a Saturday night, or watching TV instead of meditating, it is the same energy.
The feeling of peace causes restlessness to diminish. Also the diminishment of restlessness is experienced as the arising of peace. With that peace comes a natural degree of energy and focus.
This turns the tides such that the flow of your attention can be more easily directed inward. In truth, your own existence is the most real thing you have ever known. Yet have you really come to know it? Now that your restlessness doesn’t have you chasing mirages, you can really introspect and sink into your existence.
The source of happiness does not lie in objects but rather in the place happiness is felt: in you. Lose your restlessness by turning inward and turn inward by losing your restlessness.