To live is one thing, but to live consciously is a rare thing. Essentially, we have to realise that many of us do not live our lives in a conscious fashion. It may appear on the surface that we do, but if we just do a self-check, we can find ourselves blindly following others and even losing our authentic voice. Take, for instance, your education, are you doing that diploma or degree because you honestly feel in your bones that it will bring you happiness or are you merely following the crowd? Another great instance will be following trends, are you consuming products in the market just because everyone else is purchasing it? Be it designer bags, clothes, cosmetics, dining at fancy restaurants that serve you sentient beings, you know clearly that the list is not exhaustible. The point is that we fail to notice the details that run the systems and markets present in our society. It is why it is so crucial to living consciously. To wake up to the reality that the white paper qualification that you are mugging your bum off may just be another postponed goal to reach happiness. To open your eyes to all the cruelty that takes place, which begins from what, you put in and on your body. If you do feel the desire to live a conscious life, below are some pointers that could help you in your journey.
1. School is not equivalent to education
There is a misconceived notion prevalent in our society that if you attend school or an institution that you must somehow be educated. It is certainly not the case. The hours you spend in a premise do not make you any more intelligent than one who does not. We see time and time again how many of us who have attended school are struggling to meet ends. Sure, you may learn a thing or two in the perimeters of the four walls. However, education is comprehensive. It is a life-long process. It is not limited to a classroom, and it can take place just about anywhere. Education does not require rules or extended structured curriculum that need you to do assignments and tests. I will finish by saying that the lessons that will stay with you forever come from experiences. I will leave a link below on the very popular TED talk given by Sir Ken Robinson who talks on how schools kill creativity.
2. Peace begins on your plate
I believe that each one of us is kind at heart. We are inherently compassionate beings that will stand up for justice. We hear about the refugees, and our hearts are crushed. We try every way possible to be of help to those who suffer yet there is still major crisis happening in the world that affects us on a daily basis. Global climate change is taking a toil on us. We all know that it is getting hotter day after day, especially so if you live near the equator as I do. Many people who claim they are environmentalists are raising all sorts of awareness to people to reduce their carbon footprint. To use less water, to recycle and to use public transports. Have you ever wondered why despite doing all of this, the situation only keeps getting worse? It is because we fail to address the primary cause of climate change, and that is *drumroll* please, ANIMAL AGRICULTURE! Many documentaries and studies have eloquently described why the above is the main reason. To give you a simple stat, 51% of the global greenhouse emissions come from animal agriculture. To kill animals for our gastronomic pleasures is not sustainable for the environment or our health. With this being said, please be conscious of what you eat, peace do begin with what is on your plate. I will leave below the links to documentaries on the truth mentioned above.
3. You are not just what you eat, but what you wear
It has become a norm to see physically active people falling into the cancer trap. You see people who are healthy suffer from chronic illness. Why? Why? Why?
Most of us do our best to keep our physique and mind healthy by working out regularly and eating the right kind of foods. We miss out on the chemicals we wear on a daily basis. An average American wears about 12 to 20 products a day. Everyone else is catching up to that of course. Did you know that 80% of the toiletries and cosmetics you find in your leading stores contains chemicals that should never be in contact with your body? Leading products like Pantene and Herbal Essences are a few of the frauds when it comes to hair products. Marketing products with labels such as herbal and natural are just a gimmick. It is not just the hair products! Commercial deodorants contain aluminum that can cause breast cancer. Commercial toothpaste contains fluoride that can also cause cancer, and long-term exposure can lead to weak bones and fractures. Talc in most powders also causes cancer. If personal hygiene products have carcinogens, then cosmetics are no exception. I can keep going on and on about how there are heavy metals and chemicals sneakily hiding in most of the products we use. Please be mindful of the ingredients that are listed on each product you use. For you own health and safety. I will leave links below on the ingredients that should never be found in your toiletries and cosmetic shelves.
If you have managed to get this far, give yourself a pat! I will like to simply end with a quote, “There is no coming to consciousness without pain. People will do anything, no matter how absurd, to avoid facing their Soul. One does not become enlightened by imagining figures of light, but by making the darkness conscious.”
- Schools kill creativity: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iG9CE55wbtY&hl=en-GB&gl=SG
- Cowspiracy: http://www.cowspiracy.com
- The never list:
Thank you and peace.