BY SOFO ARCHON
To live means to learn, and those who are more open to learning are the ones who manage to live better.
There are some invaluable lessons that have the power to help us grow into more conscious, intelligent, compassionate beings, and which can lead us to a life of beauty, contentment and peace.
Here I would like to share six powerful lessons that I have learned in my journey and which completely changed my life, and might change yours too, if you give them the attention they deserve.
1. Freedom goes hand in hand with responsibility
Most people cry out for freedom, but few actually want to be free. Why? Mainly because to be free means to be in constant awareness of your actions and accept full responsibility for their consequences.
Afraid of making mistakes, the majority of people don’t desire the freedom of thinking and acting — they let others think for them and have power over them, and place all responsibility on their shoulders. By doing so, they turn themselves into mindless puppets whose lives are totally dependent on the decisions of others.
Responsibility can be a big burden, and only those who are confident and courageous enough are willing to endure it.
2. Non-conformity is a good thing
From a very young age, we’ve been taught to not think for ourselves, to believe in what others tell us and to blindly follow their orders. Not surprisingly, most of us didn’t develop critical thinking skills and have emotionally suppressed ourselves in all sorts of ways. As a result of this, we are living in ignorance and constant suffering.
If you want to raise your consciousness and relieve yourself from all the unnecessary burden that is pushing your soul down, it is absolutely necessary that you choose to walk the path of non-conformity. That is, you need to stop blindly follow rules, break free from the shackles of tradition, and start thinking for yourself in order to reach your own conclusions from your very experiences.
The path of non-conformity can at times be arduous, lonely and painful, but it’s the only path to freedom and inner peace.
3. Everybody has a story
Every single person has a unique background and we should never be quick to judge people, if we truly want to get to know them.
It’s easy to judge others from appearance alone, but that will only distort our perception of them. In order to truly and deeply understand our fellow human beings, we first and foremost need to develop a non-judgmental attitude.
4. Failures are to be embraced
Most people think that making mistakes only leads to failure, and that we should avoid failure at all costs. In fact, those who fail are usually looked down upon by society as if they are failures themselves.
One of the most powerful lessons that I have learned in life is that making mistakes and encountering failure is actually what helps us grow into the best version of ourselves, by urging us to learn how to open our wings of consciousness and overcome any obstacles that we find on our way.
Mistakes help us become wiser, by showing us the harmful paths that we’ve chosen in the past, and direct us to better ones that lead to a brighter future.
Remember to never be afraid of committing mistakes, but when you do so, make sure to not repeat them.
5. Small acts of kindness can make a big impact
In the competitive world that we live, we’ve been used to being unkind and rude to others.
We behave in ways that negatively affect those around us and most of the time we don’t even realize the consequences our actions are having in our lives and the world, which results in tremendous emotional pain and social conflict.
Feeling that we’re living in an inimical world, we can’t be at peace with others. And since what we all truly desire and need is loving relationships, how can we be emotionally well when we feel alienated from those around us?
In order to change that, we need to start acting more from our hears. Acting with kindness and compassion, we can help create a more beautiful, peaceful world where people can live in harmony with one another.
6. Success is not measured by money
Since we were children, most of us were taught to associate money with success. Our parents, teachers and the society in general made us believe that money is all that we should desire in life — everything else is secondary.
No wonder we have learned to live in a way that prevents us from finding true joy and happiness. We compete with those around us, we do work that we hate doing, and we are always stressed and worried about what will come tomorrow, unable to appreciate and savor life in the here and now.
Although money is necessary for our survival in our current unjust and irrational economic system, it cannot bring us the happiness and peace we all deep down are searching for.
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