By Justin Bonia
As a person who has gone through an awakening my consciousness has expanded. It has helped me see things differently. Over the past year I have become more active in shedding light on the injustices in the world through my Facebook page. Some of the reactions I have gotten are surprising to say the least. I have posted pictures of children being subjected to bombing in Syria, starvation in 3rd world countries, and systematic corruption on a massive scale. After posting these things on Facebook I was told of how negative I was and that these people don’t want to be exposed to such negativity. I also was told that Facebook is supposed to be a place for happiness.
I find those remarks offensive. If these people were having their homes bombed the last thing they would want to hear is to be more positive. Positivity is not a substitute for immorality. It is striking how people think they understand concepts such as positivity. I do agree it is important to attract higher energy into your life, however just being positive is a very naive way of looking at the world. In fact I always get the feeling that people use positivity as a way of escaping the nature of reality.
Another concept people often talk about is happiness. Often, they experience a false sense of happiness. Most people think of happiness in the same terms of love. In other words people look at these concepts as feelings, thoughts, and even emotions. The fact is that true nature of love and happiness are quite different from traditional beliefs. I recently watched a TED talk video in which a Buddhist monk by the name of Matthieu Ricard spoke about happiness. He describes that happiness is not a fleeting thought or emotion, but a state of being. See anyone can feel happy for a moment. The problem is that these concepts of happiness are only temporary. This is not true happiness. True happiness is a state of being regardless of the emotions one is feeling at any given moment.
One of the major problems with the world in its current state is that we often live through our mind and not our heart. I always find it amazing that when there are major tragedies human beings are willing to risk their lives to help those that are impacted. The sad part is that it takes a tragedy for people to help others. This however demonstrates that when we live from the heart, we are all capable of unconditional love, empathy, and compassion.
The Habits of Happiness: Matthieu Ricard
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