"Enlightenment is hard work.
Only a lucky few are capable of attaining true enlightenment.
Enlightenment is something you can only achieve by sitting alone in meditation for months on end until, one day, suddenly you understand the meaning of life.
If you’ve thought any of these things, you’re not alone. Many of us go through life thinking enlightenment sounds wonderful, but is not something we are likely to achieve, or could attain while living a “normal” life.
Well, I’m here to tell you that all of that is wrong. Or to use more enlightened language, that these beliefs are misguided. The truth is that enlightenment is easy, if you let it be."
Excerpt from the Introduction of The Easy Way to Enlightenment.
I believe that one way to enlighten yourself is to say "yes" to your aliveness. I say "yes" to my aliveness by spending time in nature. I love hiking. In fact a tricky hike in the Austrian alps inspired the thought that aliveness is at the center of the path to enlightenment. I dive into this idea in the book.
Consider what makes you feel alive. Notice, when you think about this practice, how your body "lightens up." Did you smile a little bit too? Might this sensation be the very enlightenment you seek?
Click on the picture below to access more about the book The Easy Way to Enlightenment. The readers guide will take you through a wide variety of writing and reflection prompts to experience what makes you enlightened and alive!
P.S. The picture above is from a snow shoe hike starting at Plätzwiese in South Tyrol to the Strudelkopf. Behind me the Cristallo mountain range.