Posts Tagged ‘heart and soul’

With each passing year, each hour, each moment… we experience so much. And then ‘Experience’ of having these experiences and accumulated experiences… I’m today talking about this accumulated Experience with a capital ‘E’.

With each experience we become wiser, more strong and emotionally more stable… As they say.

But is this accumulated Experience really good? Is becoming emotionally stable really good?

With each and every experience are we not slowly moving  away from our core and intense emotions… are we not becoming cold to our passions? For e.g. first encounter with actual death or terminal disease you witness… you are not able to sleep for days… then next… then next… and then yet another. And suddenly one day you realize that such things doesn’t affect you that much. You have become stone hearted. Then next thing that moves you is something happening to your very close family/friends… you again feel heightened emotions for some time… then next… then next… and we are emotionally cold again.

Another not so dramatic example… we are in early twenties and we believe that we can do almost everything in this world. We take up your job, hobbies and interests very passionately. We want to change the world. Then one year passes with some compromises… some routines… attending to some urgents somewhere. Then another year… then another year and slowly passions and dreams die to give way to so called reality and responsibilities (another socially acceptable excuse for procrastination). By the time we are in our thirties we have ‘E’xperienced so much that we would not even realize that we have become stoney, emotionless, lifeless. And we end up saying passion is for kids we have already so much else to look into. Really?

Why can’t we do something about it? How can we keep our passions alive?

Solution is simple. At least sounds simple. We need to unwind some experiences. Undo. Forget some of the things. Let go of the load we carry.

But how? Few ways – Speak out loud. Write out randomly. Keep writing till your head feels lighter. We need to find out what works best for us but we need to connect more with our deeper emotions and let go of any limiting ‘E’xperiences. ‘E’xperiences should not become an excuse for us to disconnect with our soul.

Let go, simplify and keep connecting.

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So, what’s up today? Just, another regular day. But, before I start my usual day… there are few things that ‘I’ need to understand. How should ‘I’ spend this day? What should ‘I’ be doing today?

Why is this ‘I’ still so predominant in life? Why? Vedanta says that we should be unattached. Mera (mine), apna (ours), main (‘I’) and aham (ego) should be given away. This is how we should be… unattached to our worldly possessions, relationships, etc. and looking at all human being and humanity as one. This state is very difficult to attain. However, not impossible and one can achieve this in this very life. Look at some examples of Mahatma Gandhi, Mother Teresa, etc for inspiration. They devoted their complete lives to one goal and that was to serve humanity. That should be the guiding reason behind everything. That alone can give us immense potential. Goal is to realize the potential within and use it for benefit and upliftment of all. This is how things should be.

Now, higher philosophy tells us not to stick to the learning alone. We have to utilize this knowledge, understand our hidden potential and should go all-out to service humanity. We should not keep learning / understanding all this and keep mum. We should in fact use all this knowledge to uplift ourselves and benefit others. Procrastination and fear are two hurdles that are to be challenged and worked upon.

What to do then? What exactly should we take up as next steps? I think answer lies within each heart. All knowledge, readings, research, philosophies are just guiding maps which eventually leads you there – to your heart and soul within. As Steve Jobs said that, “Have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become.” And so, when should we do that? What is the best time – should we start doing this after attaining financial independence, after reaching some personal goals, after reaching some good position in work, etc.? What is the right time? We should do that right this moment. Though, one needs to be at certain level of understanding and consciousness to understand all this, but we can’t wait for eternity or for next month or next year. (Man can reach this state of consciousness by continuous reasoning and/or through belief/faith. Chose your calling but ‘end’ remains the same.) We should start working on things this moment. What we need to do should be done NOW itself. Close your eyes… think that in the end you are going to die… leaving behind all that is there to you, of you and with you… what is important then is to work for humanity and even if you are able to improve few lives your work is done. Touch as many lives as you can. Don’t wait! Just do a little introspection in a silent place and try to cut-off from all noise. Just you and your heart alone. There you can listen to your heart and that is when your heart can give you clues. Open up to those hints. Fear none! You are super human! You yourself are the One! You can achieve anything! Direct yourself and your energies to a cause higher than your own self. You can unlock the potential within. That alone is the purpose of life – “To unlock the highest potential within and direct it to service humanity”. Period.