Open-Eyed Mindfulness

Peace is not attained
by always getting
what is wanted
with ease,
but by working
with exactly
what life presents us
in each new circumstance
to navigate the terrain
of any challenges
that may arise.

Remove desires
and remain harmonious
as the shifting pendulum
between order and chaos
flows and fluxes
moment by moment
throughout the days.

Breathe deeply
and know truly
that there are variables
beyond our control
that will create conflict
at certain points,
and so we must
remain focused
on the direct processes
we are able to influence
so that balance is maintained.

Choose love
as the guiding force
and let angst dissipate
back into the void
of dark space.

Choose light
to lead the way
and allow shadows
to find healthy rhythm
with the sun.

Scott Thomas Outlar is a lover of truth and enjoys researching philosophy, psychology, politics, spirituality, and any other facet of consciousness in the pursuit of reaching a higher state of vibration. He also enjoys writing rants, poems, essays, short stories, and prose-fusion screeds covering such subjects. Scott Thomas can be reached at You can also watch and/or subscribe to his YouTube Channel Read other articles by Scott Thomas, or visit Scott Thomas's website.