The internet has generated a new level of awareness to so many different themes that were distant to us not too long ago. Back in the 1970s, news would come in through newspapers, radio stations or televised news programs. We really had to have a definite intention to learn about news in our world: information would not pop up from our mobile phones or our computers (sometimes unwanted) in the way it flows today.
It is clear that the actual state of affairs around the globe seems complicated. News about terrorism, corruption and dishonesty at unknown levels, wars, financial troubles, moral challenges seem to be the daily bread we are forced to digest. It may be that these and many other disappointing factors have always existed, but were unknown, in part because the information technology available back then was slow.
Today we have a tsunami of readily available news on a daily basis creating as much abundance of information that it becomes often hard to manage and digest. If I decide to invest a good part of my time on reading about daily news I end up stressed, confused and worried to the bone on the path our human species is following. This excess of information is not the problem, but rather the way it is managed; we need to learn to live responsibly by focusing on living and not so much on absorbing every bit of sensational news we are bombarded with.
Furthermore, by having the possibility of acquiring endless material objects, of eating whatever we want, of choosing to be bombarded by television, movies, music, etc., we are forcing our available levels of consciousness to be distracted with activities that can only promise us emptiness in the long run. The end result of this mental turmoil is a lack of peace of mind.
I read a few sentences of my Bible and I remembered how simple a life focused on God can be. This book was written thousands of years ago and the thoughts of many ancient wise men and writers are gathered in a way that makes me realize how difficult it can be to try to live our lives in such a wide, spread out manner as we do today, becoming voluntary victims of every breeze spreading our attention in all directions. We cannot choose to live the lives these people experienced over two thousand years ago, and our own times are exceptional, but there is a need to learn to manage wisely the way we live.
As happens with our bodies, our minds have also become bloated and slow. By focusing our attention on so many external inputs instead of growing from within, we cannot live efficient but dispersed and often vague lifestyles. The only possible way to experience the daily gift of life is through a state of mind that unifies my thoughts, emotions and even my physical health. This goal should attract me and invite me to focus in well being. This goal can be many things, but to me it starts with God.
We have all witnessed at least once in our lifetimes a spark of God’s magnificence in our lives. Some people have chosen to follow these moments of splendor and have fine tuned their lives to follow specific paths we have called sainthood. Other people have chosen to adapt this momentary explosion of God’s presence to the rules and dogma of their own religions and philosophy. Most people keep it as a fond memory, and a seed of hope for the future.
The moment when we remove our cultural, emotional and mental filters in order to perceive the presence of God, our whole lives transform. Nothing compares to the splendor of God’s limitless magnificence drilling, if only for one instant through the thickness of our complicated thoughts. This is similar to a beam of deeply intense fire cutting through metal, instantly perforating the barriers of our fears, limitations and cultural obstacles that we have self imposed in front of us.
We have experienced the benefits of so many technological wonders happening in our lives that by mismanaging them, we have inadvertently pushed ourselves into a corner where we are suddenly left to wonder where the joy of living and peace of mind have gone. We have not changed that much from the people who lived on this globe two thousand years ago. If we come to think of it, since the time Jesus was born, 2015 years ago, there have only been 61 generations of people living, (at an average of 33 years per generation); from our grandparents to our children there are 4 generations; 15 times more than this lapse of time and we are back to the times of Jesus.
Our needs are the same today as they were two thousand year ago, although our environment has changed. It is therefore a challenge for each of us to find the perfect balance between the wonders our world grants us and the internal needs we have. We have not worked too much around our spirituality it seems, concentrated as we are on adapting our lifestyles around the new technological wonders that we discover each day. Inequality still continues on many corners of our world today; but we can certainly contribute to improve it at least through our immediate surroundings, through the people that we are in contact with today, the tasks we must do, the self discipline and compassion we live our lives with.
We can all feel the call of God through this peaceful, melodious hum that constantly caresses our whole being from the inside out. We feel his endless love, his unconditional forgiveness to all our mistakes; his perfection reflected through everything created, from the blade of grass that humbly grows unattended, to the mind expanding facts about the cosmos that surrounds us with no limitations on time or space. But mostly God
’s presence shines when we interact with our human brothers and sisters with sincere love and affection.
We have experienced many different options in our lives: we have played with all toys, participated of many events; we have achieved family goals and professional rewards by working hard and diligently. It is now time to nurture our deepest essence, to concentrate on establishing a permanent connection between us and God; to become aware of our own divinity.
This is what we all came here for. All we need to do is remember what our priorities are.