What is it like to live a meaningful life? You weren’t born to just pay bills and die; there must be something else. Something that can bring deep satisfaction and fill your life with meaning and joy.
Our modern society is built upon the idea that success can only be measured by money and power but does that equal happiness? No! If it didn’t then we wouldn’t always read news about famous, rich and successful people committing suicide or suffering from drug addiction. If money could bring happiness there would not be so many rich divorcees in rehab or stories of how unhappy their children are despite seemingly having everything given to them. If power could really make people happy then the leaders of the most powerful countries would not behave so badly towards one another.
Losing sight of the meaning of life is a major issue for today’s society. It is being substituted by consumption, competition, struggling and a never-ending desire to prove that you matter. These are all stresses and worrying about them cause a lot of mental and physical disorders during your entire lifetime, starting from your earliest years in school until you inevitably die. It is a terrifying thought because life is already too short. We all deserve a better approach.
So many people are lost, depressed and feeling the rising pressure of everyday life. Religion does not work anymore. In the times of Instagram and Snapchat, young people no longer read the Bible, the Torah or the Koran. Instead, people are looking for new meaning, new ideas and a new concept of existence.
Why are we here? This is still the most important question for most of us. Einstein once said:
“The world needs new moral impulses which, I’m afraid, won’t come from the churches, heavily compromised as they have been throughout the centuries.”
“Perhaps those impulses must come from scientists in the tradition of Galileo, Kepler and Newton. In spite of failures and persecutions, these men devoted their lives to proving that the universe is a single entity, in which, I believe, a humanized God has no place.”
What if we imagine a world where success is not based on how rich you are or how successful you are but how happy you are?
All it takes is a simple idea and we can revolutionize our existence. What if this idea were simply to lead a meaningful life? A life with purpose and a deep understanding that we all are connected and that we all have feelings and emotions. What if we as humanity would all measure success by our own inner peace and measure wealth by the impact we create for the world and people around us every day? We only have one planet to live on and we are only on it for a short time. How much love and happiness could you bring to daily life and how does it affect those closest to you?
Conscious coexistence could become a new way of life. People could stop focusing on consumption and entertainment and instead, focus on inner balance through their daily actions, in order to improve their own lives and their physical and mental health. By doing this they will improve their emotional state and the lives of those around them. Change can only be created in your mind and in your heart. It is in your power to choose how you want to spend the little time you have on Earth.
What if we all accept the idea that the purpose of every human on Earth is not to be successful but to be happy and live a life full of compassion? It really can be done on a daily basis according to this simple idea of a conscious and peaceful coexistence.It sounds like an idealistic dream but it’s not. All we need to do is find our purpose and sense of being and then we can make life meaningful.
By raising awareness together and taking small steps to create a more healthy, clean, simple, sincere way of life-based on the idea of meaningfulness, we can evolve into a better humankind. Life with a purpose should become the purpose of life.
“We are but visitors on this planet. We are here for ninety or one hundred years at the very most. During that period, we must try to do something good, something useful with our lives. If you contribute to other people’s happiness, you will find the true goal, the true meaning of life.”
“The ultimate source of happiness is not money and power, but warm-heartedness” Dalai Lama