We keep being sold the idea that there’s an easier way. We want to be smart without studying, we want to be strong without lifting, we want to be rich without working. Religion was too rigid so we shifted to spirituality, but then spirituality needed us to meditate and awww… isn’t there some Savior who can do this part for us?
No. Or, rather, we are our own savior. Because what we really need to do is surrender the idea that life is beatable. There is no perfect easy life for anyone to live. That’s not what the happy people are doing. They’re accepting.
What are they accepting? That life is a simple cause-and-effect system. Accept that and anyone can actually function very successfully. Try to fight that truth and we’re in for some real suffering no matter who we think we are.
Today’s Dose prescription focuses somewhat on the false ideas that our society carries forward to its own detriment. The first is hardly an uncommon topic for me. Having worked in media for many years I’m now acutely tuned to the many ways in which it poisons the psychology of otherwise healthy individuals.
This music video for the song Nouveau Parfum by Hungarian singer-songwriter Boggie is an testament to the lack of reality behind our impressions of reality.
The second entry involves the medicalization of life. We do not need a cure for being sad. We shouldn’t be surprised that people who experience shocking things will need some time and strategies to re-adjust. And if someone’s recently lost a close loved one, then them being stricken with grief is to a degree very understandable and healthy.
It is only when we get locked into any state of mind that we are trapped in a psychological spin. Otherwise we are merely experiencing whatever is suitable given the circumstances. And if we didn’t want feelings like sadness or fear or anger in our lives at all, then why would we volunteer to feel them when we watch certain media?
And finally here’s a kid (Elias Pheonix) who’s very popular in his own world, and now the rest of the world is finding out about him because he’s on a very popular show.
The reason I’m including this video in the Friday Dose is because a) this kid has a lot to teach people about being alive and being free, and b) he’s contagious, and c) he’s a genius. If you enjoy him as much as Ellen and I did, then consider sharing him with a friend or a co-worker who’s having a rough day:
And you have yourself a great day. Because a lot more of it is up to us than we sometimes remember. But if we stay vigilant and focus on where our consciousness is focused we can pretty easily steer ourselves to better feelings. So stay alert and have fun. That’s all you really need to do.
A serious childhood brain injury lead Scott to spend his entire life meditating on the concepts of thought, consciousness, reality and identity. It made others as strange to him as he was to them. When he realized people were confused by their own over-thinking, Scott began teaching others to understand reality. He is currently CBC Radio Active’s Wellness Columnist, as well as a writer, speaker and mindfulness instructor based in Edmonton, AB where he still finds it strange to write about himself in the third person.