Today society is confronting us with a range of challenges. We would like to share our understanding and experiences in this respect. This is our reading of how we perceive the reality we live in to be. We leave it to you to check if you can resonate with the below.
We have become urban citizens and well trained consumers
Our senses are much stimulated by visuals, sounds, taste and new textures humanly produced. Yet, consciously or unconsciously we crave for stimulation stemming from nature. Our senses get hyper activated when stimulated through mass sounds and products while they can relax and rest when exposed to chaos and order of Nature.
We are in an almost permanent state of gap analysis
We assess on an ongoing basis: what we have and what we would like to have; where we are and where we would like to be; who we think we are and who we would like to be; what we like and what we dislike.
Our monkey mind keeps us busy thinking about the past or planning the future
We are talented to rethink our past and plan our future. We are much less trained and equipped to simply be where we are and attend what we do or feel in the here and now. Observing one’s own thoughts and deciding if they belong to the past or future is a very simple way of checking if we are present in the here and now, taking part in the only moment at our disposal.
The race for material success is never ending
We create useless reasons to compete and generate feelings of separation in ourselves and others. This leads to interpersonal antagonism. If we do not develop the ability to enable ourselves to wake up from our self-induced hypnosis, there is little chance we ever find peace: within ourselves, at work, at home or with our friends. It is left to each one of us to cultivate the ability to break limiting patterns and habits, wake up to life, quit the auto-pilot mode and allow the beauty of the world to reveal itself to us. The world is not malicious but the look we use to contemplate it might be. We may not change our lives but we might well change the look we have on it and end up to be the change we want to see within and around ourselves.
We live in a world of material abundance and stimulation
Be it with technological development, personal development, collective improvements, we strive to simplify our lives. In the same moment as we achieve our goals we also make our life choices more complex and at times overwhelming. Today’s world has much to offer. Yet we cultivate the feeling that we miss out on available time, we do not necessarily make our life simpler and are often uncomfortable with experiencing emptiness so vital to our rejuvenation.