Theme of the week

Issue LIII (05.02.2012)

Life is a Laboratory

For many people life is to enjoy, for some it is meant to make money  while for some others, life is to make a name in the society. Everyone has his or her own view of the meaning of life. Most of our decisions as well our attitude towards things depend to a large extent on our attitude towards life.
 Whatever meaning we may see in life, one thing which is common to all of us is that somewhere deep within everyone has a feeling of helplessness. To cope up with this feeling, some people earn more money than is needed, some want to make a name or status while some others simply devote a lot of time in entertainment.  All these efforts are compensatory in nature through which a person makes an attempt to forget the inner helplessness.
The important thing to note here is that these compensatory activities eat up a large part of our precious life. At times, a person spends whole life in an effort to earn money or to make a name. However, the actual reason of our feeling of helplessness is that we get away from or we remain unaware of our superior qualities which, if expressed properly, give us a sense of worth and joy. In spiritual terms, when we use our divine qualities, we feel good because these qualities take us closer to our original form. Originally, all of us are full of virtues and creative energy. All of us are as powerful as God because we are His children. God’s characteristics are lying deep within us – not partially, but in totality. We do not feel naturally powerful because we have forgotten our deep rooted virtues.
The purpose of human life is not therefore to strive to compensate and struggle against the feeling of powerlessness but to understand our inner power, to understand what is there in being a human being – how we are different from animals, how we can be closer to powerful nature. How against the nature of an animal we can stop being reactive and programmed and can be totally capable of controlling not only our thoughts and attitude but also our feelings.
Understanding the crux of Human nature, therefore, should be the purpose of life.  Just as we make experiments in a laboratory, we can make experiments in life and learn from the results. Most of the pressure which we experience in the form of our responsibilities or even some given circumstances also help us in coming face to face with our hidden powers. If we ignore the momentary reaction, the negative circumstances in life give us an opportunity to learn to take a pause, to hold our reaction and to think creatively even under pressure. Once we do it, we become more comfortable not only with the situation but also with ourselves. By collecting such moments of self- appreciation, we can gradually develop a solid feeling of inner power.  When we come out successfully from a negative situation, it gives us a tremendous feeling of self-confidence.
Taking life as a laboratory saves us from unnecessary stress.  Of course, once we understand what is right and what is wrong, we should keep away from wrong. By taking everything in life as a learning experience, we can graciously accept whatever is given and still be always proactive making constant effort to solve the issues, to grow and increase the level of comfort for everyone including oneself.  A wish that others should change themselves binds us with a feeling of powerlessness, whereas, an understanding that I need to manage myself and make efforts to create a probability of bringing a change in the situation makes us free from within. Attaining this inner freedom is perhaps the ultimate aim of life. An attitude to learn leads us towards freedom.
Self - Assessment
Check whether you have an attitude to learn. Whether you experience an inner freedom within yourself:

  1. Do you take a pause to observe the other person before you respond to what the other person says?

  2. Do you often analyse your own strengths and weaknesses?

  3. When you fail, do you look at the reasons honestly?

  4.  Do you start your communication afresh with everyone every time without keeping in mind any biases or grudges?

  5. Do you try to learn from your juniors or younger ones?

  6. Are you able to listen to criticism patiently?

  7. Do people generally feel comfortable with you?

  8. Do you have a fair idea of what others expect from you?

  9. Do you enjoy your responsibilities?

  10. When you give some advice to someone, do you first apply it to yourself?

  11. Do you find a significant change within yourself than what you were five years back?

  12. Do you have a habit of reading good books?

  13. Do you think over others’ advice sincerely?

  14. Do you make conscious efforts to rectify a mistake or to fill a gap?

If your answer is “Yes” to most of the above questions, it means that you have a learning aptitude. If the answer is “NO” for some of these, you can work on them in the coming months to feel more “Empowered and Free” from within.

Your Comments

bYNQGwYaisxeeRQT Congratulations Carol on siearmltning your life. Sounds like a big move AND an opportunity to start a new “lighter” life! Thanks for your comment it means a lot.

Purnima My beliefs are in my foundation. My emotions, my imagination & beliefs are all reflection of what my family and society have made me to believe. I am what my surroundings have made me. Changing the fundamental beliefs is same as trying to change foundation of a tall building. Difficult indeed! Learning is endless. Freedom from inner obstacles certainly makes learning simpler. I liked this article. Life is laboratory no doubt. We keep experimenting with different ingredients and formulas but never get the ultimate mix!! I wish we could.

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