The short answer is living fully, but to really live fully, we have to be in peace, love, joy, freedom, and gratitude. This is to return to our true nature. It’s very much like retuning home.
The Course In Miracles, a book that came out in the late 1970’s, said: there are only two emotions, love and fear. And that fear arises when we are separate from God.
Whomever said this summed up the entire spiritual journey in a sentence.
When one is separate from God (In the dualistic ego state), there has to be fear and confusion. Of course, we are separate! A newborn infant is confused and afraid when separate from her mother, but in Mom’s arms she’s at peace. When we are separate entities we are afraid, but when with God, (Non duality, in the arms of the Mother or Father, or whatever name you prefer), there is only love: your true nature.
Of course the great spiritual joke is that awakening is an event that takes place off in the future, an event that must be worked towards. In reality, you already are part of the whole, you have always been joined with the soul of the universe. You literally are the soul of the universe. You just may not know it because the ego has created separateness.
The Path of Awakening
The entire spiritual path is to explore the duality within yourself (Your ego mind) until you become aware of your true nature. (non duality).
Your true nature, is love, stillness, freedom, and peace. It has been called many names: spirit, essence, real self, non self, Atman non Atman, original innocence, original intelligence, the part that never changes, the God within, pure mind, consciousness, and more.
When ready to explore what is tying them up in knots, one goes inside themselves. They face their demons and see that even their darkest fears aren’t real. One eventually sees that our ego mind creates our misery, and it is up to us if we want to live in peace or chaos.
Sooner or later one choses peace and lets go of trying to manipulate and control life. The instant you surrender the reactive mind, you effortlessly merge into the soul of the universe.