Did you know “ignorance is bliss” is actually a misquote? The entirety of the line is: “Where ignorance is bliss, ’tis folly to be wise.”
Unawareness is a big factor in causing us to suffer, individually and at a society level.
True freedom is understanding that we are not what we think and feel, but we are what observes the thoughts and feelings. Eckhart Tolle said:
“What a liberation to realize that the ‘voice in my head’ is not who I am. Who am I then? The one who sees that.”
Here are 10 ways to help you expand your awareness:
1) Listen to binaural beats if you find it hard to meditate.
These are relaxing sound waves that help to balance your brainwaves.
2) Don’t suppress feelings, even if they’re difficult.
Fighting feelings gives it power and puts tons of “fight or flight” survival energy towards it. Appreciate every experience and and focus on what it offers in that moment and be present of it. Remember that all feelings come and go.
3) Your personal growth is not a means to an end.
If you’re only focusing on personal growth to become a better person or make more money, then you’ll never be satisfied. You have to let go of framing your idea of what should be, it’s the only way to genuinely accept what is.
4) Identify the things that are superficial.
If you’ve been assigning happiness to a material object or even to a relationship, then you’re attaching your happiness to it. Take a step back and understand that these things are external and that they won’t last forever.
5) Embrace knowledge.
If doesn’t make common sense to you, don’t believe it. Watch documentaries. Read. Ask someone who has had direct experience. Knowledge will help you grow and understand that there are different ways of looking at things.
6) Find humility in realizing how human you are.
We think there’s something wrong in being flawed and imperfect, so we try to cover it up. Why not accept all your flaws and even embrace them?
7) Differentiate soul and ego.
One is your essential nature, the other is your identification with the “I.” It’s the brain’s understanding of who and what you are versus the essential nature that doesn’t require definition to exist. The ego will act out of jealousy and survival and desire to be superior; the soul will act out of love and understanding and compassion. There’s a difference between your inner and outer self. Becoming aware of the root of your thoughts and intentions is the first step in understanding it.
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