Through years of practice of meditation I have revealed some yoga secrets. Do you want to know which one? Unfortunately, the tradition has a duty of confidentiality. I am not allowed to share this knowledge with you. In my acupuncture clinic I have a golden needle and if I treat you with it I will solve all your complaints. But I don’t use that needle, not for you.
Otherwise, I know a special mantra and if you use that, your problems disappear like snow in the sun. I can teach you that mantra, would you like that?
That’s what we want, right? That you don’t have to do anything. That all your problems are solved for you. So that you do not have to do the work and can reap the benefits. While sleeping, we awaken in wisdom.
The disease of this modern age is that everything seems to be manufacturable. Technology makes our lives easier, but we lose touch with the actual experience. With the sensory experience. With our body. With nature. In this modern age, we increasingly turn away from the world and therefore also from our inner world of emotions and pain.
From our egocentric perspective, happiness is a birthright. Nothing should stand in the way of our happiness. We consume, eat, travel, rob and fight our way through life. But what is that, happiness? Is that like winning a prize in the postcode lottery?
What do I have to do to be happy. What status do I have to achieve in order to experience happiness in this life. How much should I amass, money, property, beauty or likes. See how hard you work and how you do your best. Still everything you strive for seems elusive. In the end you lose everything and you have to let it all go. Have you already started dying?
No, afraid of impermanence, we would rather have a magic pill that solves everything. Sedate me, blind me. You do everything you can not to feel this inner emptiness. Take me into a story, into a movie… If necessary, you fight your way out of this. As long as you don’t have to be here. Because here’s your pain, here’s your fear, here’s the sadness you don’t want to feel. Deliver me from this suffering. RIGHT AWAY.
Do not be fooled. Because there is no pill, no mantra, no healer that instantly illuminates your existence. Don’t be fooled by an app, look deeper than that. You will be tricked on social media and advertisements. Fame blinds. Everyone looks at each other, heroes who are put in the spotlight today, are forgotten tomorrow. Everyone calls themselves a specialist online. But what they sell is an ideal picture, especially of themselves.
In your quest for happiness, you can do the work yourself. It’s a process that starts when you disconnect from the craziness of this day. Recognize that you have been hunted and how you have been torn from yourself. Notice that you mainly live in your thoughts but can hardly feel anymore. Close your eyes, look inside. Not just once, but every time. Take responsibility and recognize that your intentions affect your actions.
Be wary, the promise of a quick fix for all your shit isn’t realistic. Don’t look at others, be authentic. Look at yourself. So I don’t mean your collection of selfies, but I think you’ve figured that out by now.