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, hence they let others think and act for them. By doing so, they turn 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 listen our inner voice and instead 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 our psyche in all sorts of ways. As a result, we can’t make wise choices and experience a constant state 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 following rules, break free from the shackles of belief and start thinking for yourself, so that you can reach your own conclusions and live the kind of life you truly want to live.
Of course, 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 so we should never be quick to judge people if we truly want to get to know them. By doing otherwise, we’ll only achieve to distort our perception of them and misunderstand where they are coming from. In order to truly communicate and bond with our fellow human beings, it is of crucial importance that we first and foremost 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 my journey is that making mistakes and encountering failure is actually what helps us grow into more intelligent individuals, by urging us to learn how to open our wings of consciousness and overcome any obstacles that we find on our way. Mistakes and failure help us to become wiser, by showing us the harmful paths that we’ve chosen to walk on in the past and directing us to better ones that lead to a brighter future.
From now on, don’t be afraid of committing mistakes but make sure to not repeat them.
5. Small acts of kindness can make a big impact
In the competitive society that we live, we’ve been used to being unkind and rude to others, not realizing the consequences our actions are having to ourselves and the world. Feeling that the world is inimical toward us, we can’t be at peace with those around us.
But since what we all need and desire is loving relationships, how can we be emotionally well when we feel alienated from our fellow human beings? In order to change that, we need to start acting more from our hears. By 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
From a very young age 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 worried about the future, unable to appreciate and savor life in the here and now.
The truth is that, 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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