In Search Of Sunshine
Tired after a day’s work, slumped into a chair or a sofa, with your cup of tea, you close your eyes and heave a deep sigh. Another day has ended and in a few hours another day will begin. A heavy listlessness sits heavily on you. Despair and unhappiness show in your breath. For a brief moment you are caught in the grips of frustration. How can life be so meaningless? What am I living for? As you close your eyes, you feel a heavy viscous flood of darkness descend upon your heart. Where is the sunshine, you ask yourself. You are immersed in the world you call your own. You look around but find no sunshine. Your world is full of noise and yet it is silent. You are among the people during the day and yet you are alone.
Why Are You Running Away?
Courtesy: @ly$ in wonderland
You are worried about your performance, about your sales, about the responses from customers, bout the fluctuating world markets, about the slow development of the interest in the products you sell, about the motivation of your employees, about the productivity in general, about losing your job, about the rising cost of living. Well, let us put it in very simple and honest terms: you are worried and you are not happy.
Osho once said, your attention is focused on the stars and you do not see what is under your nose. Your dreams are high and dynamic, as the industry puts it. You are pursuing a goal, a higher goal. Prosperity of your employer. You need your job, your salary, your house, your car, your television or what you will.
STOP – Time For Introspection
Here are some questions you need to put yourself. Do not try to escape with lame answers. Being dishonest is not going to help, because your conscience knows the answers.
- How much time do you devote to yourself?
- How much time do you take for enjoying your food?
- How much time do your dedicate to your own self?
- How much time do you keep aside for your wife or girlfriend (husband or boyfriend)?
- How much time do you spend with your children, fully engaged in their activities?
- How much time do you invest in silence?
Very simple questions and how were your answers?
Far Far Away – Manipulated Mind
Feeling embarrassed? Poor answers? Feeling bad? No need to. Your mind is functioning the way the industry wants to. You are no more the master of your mind and you did not even notice it. You were and are thinking for your employer. In the process you left yourself behind. If your company says that the welfare of your family is of utmost importance to them, then why are you getting so less time to spend with your loved ones?
The Sunshine In A Moonless Night
Your employer cannot give you happiness. You cannot buy your happiness. No matter what the economists try to tell you, the simple truth is that nobody can sell you happiness and nobody can buy happiness. Alcohol will not give you happiness. It will give you a temporary high and a later pain in the form of illness. The same with all the harmful habits such as smoking, drugs or even unnecessary eating
Your happiness is within you. You are walking around with an undiscovered treasure. You are searching for what you are keeping deeply buried within you. You have done far more research in the outside world than within your own self. Why are you turning your eyes from the sunshine from your inner sky?
The venerable Zen master Thich Nhat Hanh said:
We will be more successful in all our endeavours if we can let go of the habit of running all the time, and take little pauses to relax and re-centre ourselves. And we’ll also have a lot more joy in living.
You need to come back home. The homecoming is what you need. You have run around a lot, you are tired, you are involuntarily searching for something you are carrying within you all the time. Come back to the sunshine within you instead of loitering around abroad, By discovering the light within you, you will become the sun that shines over others.
Look into the eyes of the children as they play. They have an inherent sense of happiness. They need no reason to be happy, they are happy. just happy. You need to grow back into your childhood, to be yourself. You need to find your own self, that you left behind as you went on your search.
Listen to your inner voice, hear what your partner has to say, feel it yourself, open out, let your personality bloom. It is not what your employer wants that is important, but what you want and what you need.
Listen to music that calms, not what makes your mind agitated. Silence is what you need, inner silence. Only then you can hear your self speak to you. Only then you can speak to your self. Discover the sunshine in your inner sky. You are your sun and your moon. You are your light and you create your darkness.