“The true fulfilment only comes from within the depths of your being. This is the place, from within you that the peace needs to emanate. We become philosophical about peace. Peace is not a philosophy: peace is a feeling.” Prem Rawat
‘The Buddha advocated that one should establish mindfulness in one’s day-to-day life’. That is to say be conscious of who you are as a living, breathing human being, and how you interact with others. It’s a simple science for how we should live our lives. Paramahansa Yogananda’s book ‘Metaphysical Meditations’ contains advice in simple verse. If I may paraphrase from a selected verse, ‘Why if you are having a bad day should you take that out into the world to infect others around you?’ We’ve all been there and bore witness to the outcomes.
Being conscious is something worth striving for as it gives meaning to what we are doing here in the first place. A door opening, the veil withdrawn, chose your own metaphor; there are plenty to choose from. Simply put: Be conscious and at peace with yourself.
When actions are carried out with little care and attention, with no feeling or concern for outcomes they can be described as mindless. The word is often used in conjunction with violence, a negative state of being. Correct me if I’m wrong but isn’t our natural inclination towards being comfortable and relaxed, the default to be in sync with those around us? You don’t have to agree with all shades of opinion but that’s not a reason for dispute or violence, is it? Can we find accommodation with others and agree to differ, be civilised?
That’s what missing between the two states of being, and the two words. Enjoying Life is not a selfish pursuit because it can only be achieved when you’re in sync, in harmony with your true nature. From childhood when the age of reason was achieved our tender consciousness was pummelled with notions of inadequacy, guilt, and imperfection. That we should spend our lives living for some future reward was taught by those who did not know,passed down from previous generations who did not know. Layers of ignorance about our true nature have blighted the human experience. Put the fun back into mindless and lets party.
‘Enjoy yourself it’s later than you think
Enjoy yourself while you’re still in the pink
The years go by as quickly as you wink
Enjoy yourself enjoy yourself
It’s later than you think’
Song by Carl Sigman and Herb Magidson