Why is deep inner work so hard to do? It’s hard because no one is doing it. Not many people know what self actualization is, let alone are willing to put in the hours to improve. Some are even in denial that it has any benefits. Others stereotype it as eastern spiritual nonsense.
It’s difficult to find people with the same views. No one seems to know what we’re talking about when we say we’re becoming more conscious. We’re gaining awareness and getting rid of unconscious habits that are controlling our lives. Nobody knows what what the heck we’re talking about. Advanced personal development work is almost unheard of in western culture.
We’ve all heard of the following quote in one form or another.
“Two roads diverged in a wood and I – I took the one less traveled by, and that has made all the difference.” -Robert Frost
We need to stop doing what is easy, aka following mainstream culture. It’s obvious that if we do what everyone else is doing then we’ll get the results that everyone else is getting. Therefore we need to traverse our own trail in life.
We need to step out of unconscious living and create higher degrees of consciousness.
What do I mean by this? I mean that we need to be more mindful and less caught up in our thoughts(like mainstream culture is). We need to notice what’s going on around us instead of incessantly thinking about the past and future.
We need to do less and be more. Enjoy the present, even if it includes waiting in line or performing a mundane task. Find fulfillment in walking. Practice mindfulness. Smile more. Don’t take life so seriously. Do what makes you happy. Become the greatest version of yourself.
On my journey this means meditating daily and increasing my fulfillment. It means striving to do more of what I love and less of what I don’t. It means self inquiring and suffering less. It means striving to realize my true nature. It means finding Truth, not in some book, but empirically!
I don’t know what it means for you, but I encourage you to traverse a path of your own. Ultimately, to be authentic rather than a copycat, because who likes a copycat anyway!