I have long considered myself an observer of human nature and of cultural trends. During most of my lifetime I have witnessed Americans at large being obsessed with consumption. This past decade, our nation is being consumed by consumption. Many of us cannot seem to satiate our appetites for material goods, advanced technology, travel, etc. I am not “dissing” any of these things in themselves. However, I suggest that our prominent focus on the external, including on social media, has taken us way out of balance in our daily lives.
A refrain from a popular song by “Charlene “ simply, yet aptly states, “I’ve been to paradise, but I’ve never been to me.” The Greek philosopher Plato implored, “know thyself!” Indeed, we need a cultural return to developing inner wisdom, a commonly-lost art in our contemporary society. Do you often crave alone time, repose, opportunities to take stock of yourself, etc.?
I feel very privileged and fortunate (but not holier than thou) to have received a rigorous psychological and spiritual education from a number of wise teachers and guides. While such learning served to refine my basic introspective nature, I am especially grateful for being taught to discover the depths of love.
The human heart contains a portal to Divine Love, aka Truth, which is replete with beauty and free of dogma. One arrives at the threshold of that portal once s/he realizes his inner beauty and resurrects or contacts the longing to connect with The Source of All Life. At that point, one’s journey toward The Light is quickened. Then, one’s relationship with the external world shifts, essentially taking on less significance (although it’s still often enjoyable).
Thus, the heart’s sincere intention and profound desire to “come Home” is enough to invoke the grace that at least gradually illuminates one’s personal path.