Are you comfortable just being you?
Or are you shouldering the burden of other’s expectations?
In this week’s podcast, Prem ponders if you as a human being are comfortable with yourself. If you are comfortable being you then this whole lockdown thing isn’t an issue. If you are not comfortable with yourself you can become a stranger to you. Some of us go through a whole lifetime without knowing who we are.
All that you know is that there are expectations of what you want from that stranger. You pass on the huge expectations that have been put on you since childhood. If you understand who you are, then you will not be a stranger to yourself. Once you know yourself, you know the answers you are seeking. Life works step by step like climbing a ladder. Before you start to put expectations on yourself you have to be very clear of where you are comfortable and engage in the process of discovery which lasts your whole life. Change is a fact of life, if we like it or not. Nothing stays stationary and that is reality.
The possibility that you know yourself, and then don’t like yourself is pretty fascinating as philosophers assume that if you know yourself you will like what you see. When you talk about the feeling of knowing yourself it can be like a mute person eating candy. It is beyond words and definition. The reality by itself, by its very nature, is beautiful. This existence, reality, life by its nature, are beautiful. So why would there be any issues around you?
Perhaps you are carrying expectations on your shoulders that are burdening you. You’ve spent this life trying to figure out things around you. There is a learned behavior that is causing all the friction in this world, not the reality of who you are. Your life, your breath, and your existence are finite and enable us to bloom. The wonderful attributes of life are missed because we are not paying attention. All we have to do is pay attention and beauty will manifest itself. Why are we searching for something that we already have within?
Prem asks when we get out of this lockdown who will you be and what will have changed? You can rise to this challenge and use the opportunity to grow. Right now, we are making history. The world has been brought to its knees. What are we doing about it all? Your opportunity is to see things differently and make changes in your life for the better. We can all contribute to make a difference. The power is within us to stop spreading this disease and make the most of this time. You can come through this better than before. Every person can make a difference in the lives of others. Peace is possible and we are more powerful than we realize. Many little lamps together can light up the world and transform darkness into light.