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Excerpted from The Way of Harmony  by Jim Dreaver. Copyright 1999 by Jim Dreaver. Excerpted by permission of Avon Books, a division of HarperCollins Publishers, Inc.  All rights reserved. No part of this excerpt may be reproduced or reprinted without permission in writing from the publisher.  HTML and web pages copyright by SpiritSite.com.

"'It's easy for me now,' he said. 'I just sit and get really still, and then listen to the sounds around me, like you taught me.'"

Jim Dreaver
The Way of Harmony
, Part 1

Let me begin by telling you a true story about my son, Adam, which happened not long after his thirteenth birthday. School was out, and he stayed the night at my house. When I left for my office in the morning, he was still sleeping. Around eleven-thirty I decided to call and check on him.

"How's it going, buddy?" I asked. I was a little concerned that he might be wandering around the house, fretting because he had nothing to do.

"Great, Dad," he said. "I just spent an hour reading Siddhartha, and then I meditated for twenty minutes."

I smiled, and breathed a sigh of relief. I'd bought him Herman Hesse's classic novel about the life of the Buddha a month or two earlier. Little Buddha was one of his favorite films. Adam related to the Buddha and his teachings around enlightenment and inner peace.

When I went home at lunchtime I asked him how his meditation went. "It's easy for me now," he said. "I just sit and get really still, and then listen to the sounds around me, like you taught me. That brings me into the present, and my mind gets totally quiet and clear."

Suddenly, his eyes widened as he looked at me, "And Dad!"

"What?" I said, intrigued.

"I could feel the wholeness of everything! It gave me a warm, fuzzy feeling inside."

"Wow," I smiled, "that's really cool." It made me happy to realize that he knew how to find that place of wholeness, of spiritual richness, within himself.

"It's important to remember this experience," I said.  "Whenever the world out there gets too intense or crazy, you know what to do now to feel really clear and strong inside yourself. You just have to sit like you did, breathe down into your belly, listen to the sounds, and tune-in to the power of the present. Then you just let the power flow through you, until you feel all filled up again." I rubbed the back of his head affectionately. "Pretty simple, huh? And pretty awesome, too."

"Yeah, thanks, Dad," he said, and gave me a warm hug. Then we went on to make lunch, and talk about what we were going to do for fun that weekend.

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