Count Your Blessings, Good Times Will Follow!

COVID has hit us hard and it’s sad truth that we lost almost 3 million lives are living and passing through this pandemic for more than a year now. Kind of we used to see in movies and television series like Resident Evil and 12 Monkeys. We are experiencing it live. From work from home, long queues outside shopping malls, home quarantines, not being able to hug our closed ones staying in same home & poor migrants standing on borders to reach their own homes. Job loss, loss of closed family members, delayed salaries, no vacations, lockdowns, travel restrictions and lot more.

We all are facing it & together. I faced it, depression- to the core that I felt I am surrounded with black cloudy thoughts along with thunderstorms. All playing with my head and heart. Moving on and admitting the situation was difficult. Soon after I realised that I am getting into depression due to personal losses and trail of traumatic events I went through during pandemic, I realised that I need to get out of this else I would dig my own emotional grave. I know there are people who would critic or even think what the hell am talking? But it doesn’t matter. For emotional people it will make more sense to dig this article deeply as it might help you to change your outlook and generate more optimistic approach towards life.

First thing I had to understand was “ACCEPTANCE“. This might sound easy but it isn’t. Wasn’t easy was me at least. I had to give my all in to accept the truth about myself. Again, just myself. Accepting the fact that there will be sunrise after dark and dark after sunrise was difficult for me to accept. I was living in my own dilemma willing everything to go my way and the way I was living life was to create artificial sunrise even when it was dark. The “Law Of Attraction” was working. Fight or Flight. Soon I met someone who got me to dig deep in this word called “ACCEPTANCE“. I am going to emphasise a lot on this word throughout the article as it was building block for rest of my thought process. I could’t go any further till I understood this word deeply and admitted that my grandiose thinking was not helping me. Nothing was under my control, I realised. “Law Of Attraction” stopped working and I was sitting in my room, all alone with no one around me. Selfishness-self-centeredness! This was root of my trouble. I was driven by thousands form of fear, self-delusion, self seeking and self-pity. My self-will placed me in a position to be hurt.

Later and hardly, I had to accept that things will happen their own way and I have to act spectator sometimes. I also came across a poster that grilled my thought process even further.

Don’t Avoid Storm, Just Let It Pass. Just Sail.

Law of Attraction” started working as I stopped expecting and became less judgemental. Fight of Flight stopped. Accepting situations and sailing through became easier. Even in worst situations I started counting more of my blessings. I had new Employer in form of Acceptance and I started believing that there is some power who is planning things for me that I was not able to plan for myself. Established on such thought process, I became less worried and less interested in my own self will. I had little plans for myself. I started enjoying beach from shore and black clouds from earth avoiding prediction of when it’s going to rain.

As I felt new power flow in I started enjoying peace of mind and was able to face life with more optimistic outlook, one day at a time. I started to become more conscious and started losing fear of today, worry of tomorrow or hereafter. It was like emotional rebirth, having new perspective towards life which was not driven by my self will. I had to quit playing God and this was keystone of new triumph through which I had feel of freedom from my own entangled thought process which was self-will run riot. At times you could just sit under lemon tree waiting for nothing to happen and you will feel life will happen when you are busy making other plans. A song for those who tool this article too seriously. πŸ™‚

Orion Philosophy – ancient wisdom for modern times

Its 10:30 PM, am sitting in my room surrounded with magnificent garden and my eyes were stuck at angelic Buddhist fountain for long before I decided to write this blog on Philosophy.

Most of you being technical readers, I will quickly explain what philosophy is. Philosophy is a way of life. Its our decision making capability to manage our emotions and thoughts. Each one of us have our own philosophical controller that helps us in making important and non important decisions in life. For geeks, its an autonomy advisor that helps us take decisions linked to real world issues. A good philosophy towards life is very important for us to control our thoughts and emotions to live stress free life during modern times.

 

While trying to understand human philosophy and meaning of life I started talking to people who were studying them. Recently I met a friend who introduced me to a philosophy that slowly started changing my perception towards life and the way I was pursuing it. Its called “Orion Philosophy” which talks of Stoicism as its core value. Stoicism means ‘the endurance of pain or hardship without the display of feelings and without complaint‘. It was founded byΒ Zeno of CitiumΒ in Athens in the early 3rd century BC, long before Jesus was born.

If you are thinking same as me, finding meaning of life is somewhat confusing and elusive. We struggle to find purpose of life and get ourselves entangled in our own emotions and thoughts leading to foggy behaviour and decision making. While exploring I came across various articles and blogs on Stoicism and its practical implementations in life. I will be putting references to all of of them at bottom.

One interesting cheat sheet that I came across was of David Stoic which depicts Stoic philosophy as a pyramid.

Top of pyramid says, there is good chance that it will go bad but you will be ok. This is most important step to make your more stoic. It means you should know the difference between things you can change and things you can’t. What is yours and under your control will come to you but what is not in your control, you must not dwell on it.

Live Simply. Try living a simple life while pursuing what you love doing as it will give you much more satisfaction than anything that’s materialistic.

What’s done is done. You cannot change what is already done, so worrying about it is only going to create more misery. Rather focus on good things in life and practice mindfulness by practicing healthy lifestyle. Whenever you feel your mind is stuck in things you cannot change deviate yourself. Get a hobby, exercise, go out for a walk, do YOGA and try other mind relaxing techniques.

Here’s powerful video of Epictetus who was one of the most prominent Stoic philosophers of the ancient world. Not putting too much of cognitive load on readers I will end this blog here and soon start writing Part 2 where we will discuss ‘Nihilism’. Happy Reading.

References-

https://dawidnaude.com/a-stoic-pyramid-c4c135896506

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