It’s mad that as a society we’re better off than ever before …
We have so much material wealth …
And yet our minds are crazier than ever?
Perhaps now that just the sheer fact of surviving is really quite simple -
We have more time to think about what is wrong …
More time to ponder the shoulds, the regrets, the worry and the guilt,
To get angry about the small stuff,
To be consumed by unrealistic ideas of perfection.
How about you?
The fact is that quite possibly - and this may just be the conspiracy wild part of me talking here …
(but I kinda like it)
“The man” WANTS you to worry.
It’s better for the status quo, it’s better to keep you separate and bickering, it’s better to keep you distracted and self-consumed.
If that is so,
“To be calm becomes a kind of revolutionary act.”
Matt Haig from “Reasons to stay Alive”
When everything is selling you that you’re lost and need something,
That you should worry about this thing and that thing, oh and this thing too,
(Buy this and you will feel happier …)
Accepting You and your life,
As you are, as it is,
Ending worry and being comfortable and content with all the uncertainties -
Is one of the boldest choices you could ever make.
Your choice for freedom -
Means you can stop being consumed by the small stuff -
And are able to focus on the things that REALLY matter,
The things that you can ACTUALLY change and put into place,
For you, for your community, for the world.
Being calm and seeing clearly is quite possibly the greatest thing you can learn to do.
Finding happiness and defeating the fear that has taken root in your own mind,
Changes more than just your life …
Your lived example makes it easier for everyone around you to do the same.
How do you accept, be content, be comfortable in the middle of what COULD appear to be chaos?
How do you free yourself from fear and worry, from the whole mechanism of focusing on what could go wrong?
How do you join the calm revolution?
Get to know Now so well that you never leave it.
Learn to see the beauty of what is already within you, and all around you.
Start to give, in as many ways as you can think of, large and small.
Your thoughts are an option, not the truth - they are not you.
Switch off, relax, learn to let go and ignore the stuff that you can’t do anything about.
Fight nothing - especially not your thoughts. Fighting plays the game, accepting frees you from it.
How can I help you?
Just ask, please do.
Just picked up Matt Haig’s book and flicking through it found some wonderful quotes, such as the above.
But I like this one too:
“Every time I read a great book I felt I was reading a kind of map, a treasure map, and the treasure I was being directed to was in actual fact myself.”
― Matt Haig, Reasons to Stay Alive
You ARE the treasure that you seek.