The Meaning of Life

background-1517622_640Since time immemorial, philosophers, theologians, and songwriters have been providing truth seekers with hints into the meaning of life. Meaning and “truth” is subjective, of course, so it’s rarely a topic everyone will agree on.

You could easily fill a library with all the volumes of books that have delved into the mysteries of life, but sometimes the simplest answers are the most satisfying.

One song lyric that resonates with me was written by James Taylor in the mid 1970s. “The secret to life is to enjoy the passage of time.” To some people, that might seem overly simplistic, but to me, it conveys a world of meaning.

Acquiring the ability to enjoy the passage of time requires a sense of commitment, a peaceful environment, and the ability to quiet your thoughts. However, when you get in the habit of practicing present moment awareness and feelings of appreciation (gratitude), then sometimes the pieces of the puzzle seem to fall into place.

For many people, I believe the search for meaning and happiness  is elusive because every time they stumble upon a grain of truth — or a silo full of it — they think “It can’t be that simple!”

For those with a more religious or spiritual take on life, the “secret” to inner peace and meaning may be as simple as the saying “Let go and let God.”

I believe that simple truth can be laden with profound meaning, you just have to be willing to give it a chance.

Stay tuned to this blog for more insights, observations, and simple truths.

BTW… It’s good to be a seeker of truth, but don’t look too hard. The answers are hiding in plain sight!

Thanks for checking out my latest thoughts.

I wish you peace and light.

— Joel

 

 

 

 

Tackling Some of Life’s Big Questions

Finding meaning, happiness, and fulfillment in life is a tall order. Sometimes I’m convinced I have most of the answers to the mysteries of life; the next minute, I feel clueless!

Since there are countless ways people derive meaning from life — whether it’s from religion or promoting a humanitarian cause — then meaning must be a subjective experience. In other words, it’s all in our heads! While that statement might seem to trivialize worthy causes, religions, or spiritual beliefs, that’s not my intention.

What we often forget or lose sight of is the fact that we all live in our own individual realities — some would say our own universes. As Deepak Chopra says “Never forget that you are not in the world; the world is in you.”

Since everyone sees the world through different eyes, it seems amazing that most of us are able to work together, cooperate, form lasting relationships, and co-exist at all!

How and why is that possible? Well, I can’t say for sure, but in my opinion, most people are intrinsically good and possess an inborn desire to connect with others and be part of something larger than themselves.

When people can’t co-exist peacefully or refuse to do so, it’s almost always based on fear, misconceptions about others who are different than them, and a failure to recognize that we all come from the same Source.

So here’s what it boils down to: We can all do something, every day, to make the world a better place — or at least our corner of it — but we can’t fix it. The only things we (potentially) have control control over are our thoughts, our reactions to the outside world, our behavior, and the way we interact with other people.

There is no easy, guaranteed formula for happiness, but I think the starting point is to work on loving yourself, being kind to others, and expending as much energy as possible on being grateful for the good things in the world and in your life. The “Law of Attraction” states that the things you focus on become magnified and magnetic.

So the big question is: “Can we ever really master life and consistently feel like we’re in control of ourselves and every situation?” Well, as I see it, self-mastery is a never-ending process and life is always going to throw you curve balls — especially when you least expect it!

That being said, my direct answer to the question is “No, probably not, but we owe it to ourselves and others to keep trying and do our best! The good news is that we’re bound to make a lot of progress along the way!”

As Eric Clapton’s hit song “Change The World” (released in 1996) seems to suggest (to me): You can do a lot to change your inner world and your relationships, but changing the world-at-large is a Herculean task, if not an impossible dream!