True wealth is the radiant joy of being and the deep unshakable peace that comes with it. Enlightenment is your natural state of felt oneness with being. The Buddha’s definition of enlightenment is the end of suffering. Being is your deepest self and true nature. Incessant mental noise prevents you from finding that realm of inner stillness that is inseparable from being. Identification with your mind creates an opaque screen of concepts, labels, images, words, judgments, and definitions that blocks all true relationship. The beginning of freedom is the realization that you are not the possessing entity - the thinker. Knowing this enables you to observe the entity. Worry is imagining things going wrong and negative outcomes. A conditioned mind is the result of all your past history as well as all of the collective cultural mindset you inherited. You see and judge the present through the eyes of the past and get a totally distorted view of it. When you listen to a thought, you are aware not only of the thought but also of yourself as the witness of the thought. A new dimension of consciousness. Ego is a false self created by unconscious identification with the mind. To the ego, the present moment hardly exists. Only the past and future are considered important. The body will always give you a truthful reflection of your emotion. Emotion is your body’s reaction to your mind. What's going on inside me at this moment? Pleasure is always derived from something outside of you, whereas joy arises from within. Don't seek to become free of desire or to achieve enlightenment. Become present. Be there as the observer of the mind. Be the Buddha. Be the awakened one. Pain is unnecessary and is self-created as long as the unobserved mind runs your life. Pain and resistance is some form of unconscious resistance or judgment of what is. Now is timeless. The time is now. Say yes to life and the present moment. Accept then act. Whatever the present moment contains, accept it as if you had chosen it. Happiness depends on conditions being perceived as positive, inner peace does not.