Paradise as a state of mind. It is a state of consciousness. It is a place we can inhabit anytime we want.
Paradise is a myth (in Milton’s Paradise Lost, in the book of Revelation, where paradise comes to us in the form of a new earth, in the Buddhist notion of satori, where paradise takes the form of an “awakening” or “enlightenment”, in Hinduism, where paradise is known as nirvana or “freedom from suffering”). It becomes a reality when we do the arduous work of removing the habits of mind that keep us from it — and adopt the habits of mind that bring it wholly into our presence.
What are the habits of mind that allow us to experience paradise, and give it to others? I don’t profess to have all the answers, but here are a few of my unsifted thoughts: