"We all Want to be Happy. No One Wants to Suffer."
- H.H. Dalai Lama
If the American Dream worked it would have by now.
More than ever we are a stressed, depressed, polarized, addicted, and over-worked culture. People report high levels of stress, anxiety, depression, relationship issues and afflictive emotions. You have to ask, if we are getting this result what is the cause?
'Work hard, go to college, get the money, get the car, get the girl/boy and you'll be happy' they tell us. Compete. Win. Earn. Go harder. Go faster. Be better. Spend. Consume they say. The most diabolical part of the system is that the 'They' delivering the training are those that love and care for us. The message comes from our parents, family, teachers and arguably from less well-intended sources like TV, media, advertising.
The problem is that the CAUSE does NOT produce the RESULT that we want. "We all want to be happy, none of us wants to suffer," says H.H. Dalai Lama. Somewhere inside we all know this is true. We do just want to be happy and we don't want to suffer. If you think about it's why you get out of bed in the morning and why you do what you do all day. The problem is most of us are implementing a flawed system that does the exact opposite of achieving your goal. Most of us plop down on the couch completely exhausted at the end of the day. We sleep - many of us sleep poorly as millions of Americans report a struggle with insomnia - to recover and then repeat the dysfunctional cycle all over the next day.
But why are we not satisfied, fulfilled, happy and at peace we ask. We did exactly what they told us. Work Hard, go to school, get the job, get the money, get the boy or girl and you'll be happy. Well I call Bullshit and you should too! If the American Dream was going to work it would have by now. I don't know about you, but I'm done playing a game that doesn't give me the result I'm looking for. It just doesn't make sense. We are better than this.
Of course we would implement and trust the system that's been handed to us. It's all around us. It's all we've ever known. The people we love and trust have been sold the same pile of BS. It's the best information they could get. They implemented it to little success but being all they have to offer they lovingly and with good intention sell us the same line of BS. Pile on top of the training we receive in the womb energetically and in our infancy and childhood the mainstream media messaging and it's no wonder we are a culture of violent, school-shooting, politically polarized, fat, sick, addicted, depressed and over worked, over stressed people.
It's time to take your power back. It's time to love yourself enough to seek out wisdom - defined in this case as a system that actually works - and put it into action. Stop being Sisyphus and pushing that rock up the hill only to see it roll back down on top of you. You have a limited amount of energy. It's time to channel that precious, limited resource into a system that actually works. It's time to live more and stress less. It's time to be a human BEING and stop being a human DOING.
It's time to start trusting yourself and start looking within for the happiness you seek. Like the Your Best Life Today Facebook page to connect with the next mindfulness meditation offering in your area.
The point of Erik's life is to serve mindfully. He's most happy in meditation or relaxing/having fun/keeping it simple and joyful with friends and family. He enjoys helping others eliminate their suffering and helping them to discover their pure potential. Erik shares the mantra 'inner peace = world peace' whenever possible!