You are in the store, full of impatience—that is, believing you should be somewhere else, a regular version of insanity that plays out every day. Then a baby spots you or did you spot a baby?! They are ‘staring’ at you but that’s not really it. They are living in the natural state, inviting you to drop the story that is playing around in your head. Will you accept?
The next time you are in a store, tune into the innocence and simplicity of being that exudes from the young ones. They are so alive and vibrantly express the natural state. These little ones invite us to stop all the needless inner and outer chatter, to realize that stillness, beingness is our authentic home. They show us that the endless stream of thoughts coursing through the mind, the ego-driven search to fill space, is unnecessary.
What is wrong with space, anyway? It frightens the sense of separate existence because when you live in the spaciousness of presence, the ego is not needed. The ego then becomes relegated to the tool box, to be used only when needed, which is not often. When you begin to see how ego creeps in and attempts to be the ‘center’, the hold it had over awareness dissolves. You return to the state of the newborn.
Christians, have witnessed this seemingly miraculous presence through direct experience of oneness, only they have attributed it to the grace of Jesus when in fact it is only the natural state that they have uncovered. It is the awareness Jesus lived from, and it is for all. The Buddhists call it Nirvana. Other traditions have labeled it Self-Realization. But these terms only point to the natural simplicity and aliveness.
Nature lives in presence too, like the children, the songbird, the tree, and the deer. All of them can instantly bring you into the realm of the real, like the silent roar of a lion reverberating with ceaseless power, stirring you out of the trance of me and mine. All identification with the mind snaps in those moments of inseeing. You are now directly experiencing one of the great joys of life—meeting in presence. I find infants and young toddlers to be potent expressions of pure presence. They live in oneness, and so can you.