Life. It is complicated, topsy turvey, and completely wild. Don’t you agree?
To pretend that life is some structured route or known journey would make you complete unrealistic in your view of reality. Life is a fickle weird ride. It’s unpleasant catastrophes and unexpected changes certainly always keep things interesting. Gosh, I wish in some forms we could control the mad happenings around us. Unfortunately, we cannot. All we can do is learn to integrate ourselves into this world, and live each moment as if it were our last. Truth is, we do not know what will happen. Life is too short to not enjoy every minute of it. Shouldn’t we all live with a kind hearted attitude to enjoy it as it is?
I’ve been musing about life lately, and speculating about the human condition. What really matters? I mean seriously. So many people walk around as if their job, their work, is their life purpose. I find it sad how so many correlate their ‘title’ as their main persona. Think about it. Virtually everyone associates people as their job, their role, and how they make their money. We loose our identity in our ‘work’ and forget about everything else. Why? As humans shouldn’t we be able to be associated as something more? Shouldn’t our own human characteristics and noble attitudes be what allows humans to correlate and connect with one another? I think so.
I worked in a Yoga studio for a long time. Geez, the growth and challenges of living your yoga and working at a studio will surely stint your spiritual growth at times, as well as teach you how to open your heart. I was taught that Yoga is union, and in that union we all celebrate one another and accept each other as we are. To me that idea seemed to make sense, and was a moral that I actually already lived by. The more I researched, read, uncovered, and discovered the more fascinated I became with the idea that we all are really connected. I know, I’m sounding a bit out there. But thing about it, if we all are each other, connected by energy, then why do we all continue to struggle with this idea that we are separate? Why do we humans still force the need to be someone we are not?
Look at America and what our Western ‘values’ have done to this planet. Most of our nation has become ignorant bastards and people who care more about their social screen and title than actually treating each other well. Yes, then business models followed the lead and now adapt with false values that few actually integrate. Look at the Yoga scene. It’s like the new Yoga trend is how many selfies can I take, and how well can I prove I have muscles, and work to show off my ass-ana for social glorification. Oh, and then add in th ego challenge and the need to make the Yoga class ‘hard’ and ‘extra hot’ to prove we got a workout. WHAT?? Seriously. I even knew a Yoga teacher who regularly checked in extra students to her class because she wanted to appear ‘better’ then everyone else. I told my boss, and they did nothing, and probably complimented her behavior with a pay raise, I don’t know. Since when does popularity and lies correlate with Yoga values? To me it’s absurd. Of course, the same gal got pleasure in taking other peoples ideas, words, and routinely putting me down for my own weird crazy ways. She labeled herself a ‘master’, ghee wiz, if that’s what a teacher is and what our society likes, then I think we all need a LOT of HELP. Ironic. Yes! It’s crazy and strange to be that Western ideas have corrupted the social human system. Somehow we all turn our head, acting like it’s okay.
I won’t even reference politics as an example. But I’m sure we can all make our own conclusions about that.
It took me a loooong time to realize that this strange way of treating people and showing up was really part of what ‘normal’ people actually do. There is a strange unconscious attitude in America (and possibly other parts of the world) that getting ahead means hurting others. Somehow we were taught that it’s okay to break the rules if it makes us better. I don’t get it. What happened to trust and honest? What is the point of having rules, morals, values, if no one follows them. Of course, I’m not like that crew of people who care to feed their ego and dismantle humanity for their own pride. Naw, I got my own other issues. Hahaha. (That’s a joke). We are all immoral to each other until we can communicate as human beings and treat eachother with respect. It’s funny, as I once use to call people out for their behavior, I’d then get punished or put down. I guess we all have to put blinders on and pretend this is all okay. But really is it? Do we want to live in a world where we are all phonies?
Personally, I believe that the only system that works is the one that can compliment every person and help us all live truthfully, nobly, with real ethics and values. Rewarding people who act otherwise, makes no sense in my honest mind. Cuz if we don’t have any of that, or a system that has that all in place, then we may as well all label ourselves as ignorant fools. Cuz really, we kinda are.
Oh Life, what a funny game we all play. We are hypnotized by greed and work daily to stress ourselves out in how we can somehow end up ahead. Let me ask you, what really matters? If money and winning is all that anyone cares about, and ‘appearing’ as certain role is what we are all working towards, then I think we all have failed. Personally, I believe what matters most in life, is each other. Without people, well, this world would be quite boring and also lonely. Although I do love nature and zening out in my own Yoga trance or happy bubble, staying there all day really is miserable. Honestly, it sucks running from those people who suck others dry and think its okay to hurt people. Yeah, they are on their own interesting journey, but that does not make it okay. Everyone connects, and contributes to the downfalls of society and affects human beings with how they behave.
I cannot speak for everyone, but I do know that in the heart of every person, we all want to live happy. Although many cannot understand, and probably will never believe it, I can say that money and all that material ‘stuff’ really is not all that glamourous. You can have everything, but do you really have what matters? If you really see the people that make a difference in the world, it’s not those crazies who lie, cheat, steal, and manipulate the system. It is those people who dare to live out of that other mindset and help create change by being a true leader. What matters most in this world, are people. No Yogic scripture, spiritual idea, or religion will ever replace human kindness and integrity. It is how we show up that ultimately matters and defines us as people, yogis, jobs, titles, and whatever other social stigma we think we need to fit into.
We can all preach, get jobs, work, and claim to have a title, a religion, or something that validates our own worth. None of that looney stuff matters. At the end of the day, it’s who you meet, connect with, and how you treat people. It’s who you are, without all that other stuff. People are what matter. People will never forget how you made them feel. Some people can cause a lot pain toward others, and are the cause of suffering. It is in our humanness we try to defend ourselves because our big ego can’t see another view, a better side, or dare to apologize. I don’t know what disconnected us all for much from living with open hearts. I do know though that those silly games we play with ourselves, the world, and trying to be people we are not, are really useless and will never get us to where we want to be. Our job as humans, is to be human. Our main role is to love each other, help each other, and kindly learn what that means and to live in that way. Dear God, I hope our system gets better, and people stop worrying so much about climbing that ladder and getting to a certain place. The crazy journey life takes us on could be so much more enjoyable if we could socially accept each other.
What matters to you? I hope its more than material wealth, gain, and your own self sabotaging ideas. I hope what matters is humanity… and doing the best you can to make this World a better and nice place to be.
To me, this world matters. The future generations need role models and people who can make this world a whole lot better than it is now. Only through each other will that be humanly possible.