There are few essential, fundamental differences between living an awakened life and not living an awakened life.
Accept Life As It Is
Living an awakened life means you accept every moment of life exactly as it is. You don’t fight and struggle against life wishing it were different. Fighting and struggling with life and wishing it were different makes no sense at all. It is extremely difficult, complicated and creates enormous suffering. Life is always going to be exactly as it is in each moment. When you accept this completely, you don’t suffer. It couldn’t be more simple or obvious.
You Are Not Separate From Life
You don’t believe you are separate from life. You don’t imagine or feel that you are a separate being encased in a body, that you are here inside this body and the rest of life is outside. This is also simple and obvious. How could any person or anything be separate from life?
You Are Much Greater Than A Separate You
You recognize and experience that there is something much greater, infinite and eternal, beyond all thoughts, beyond space and time, without beginning or end and that neither you nor anything or anyone else is separate from this. And, although you could never describe it, you experience this as what you and everything else fundamentally are.
This may not seem as simple and obvious as the first two. But if you try to discover what is aware of seeing these words, what is aware of the sounds in your room, what is aware of everything, and you don’t rely on thoughts, because you won’t find it there, then, in this space between thoughts, you will discover this. And you will realize that this is the simplest and most obvious thing of all.
There are many practices on this website that can help guide you to the direct realization of these most simple and obvious truths. Because awakening is so fundamental to what we are, nothing is added. The practices simply strip away what obscures this obvious truth. Although the Journey to Awakening has a great deal of information, advice, practices and links, all of it is pointing to these three simple truths.