Life on this planet is difficult. Problems come from many directions and people flounder under their impact. It is almost a miracle that the vast majority of people, notwithstanding the above scenario, manage to keep their heads above waters. However, only a small percentage of them are completely at ease with life, irrespective of whether they meet with success or failure. Some people rely on religion or meditative methods to prevent the boat from rocking too much. Those approaches certainly help the people but they serve more as a shield against the onslaught of life rather than help the people to be at ease with life and relax them right through their being. So, we ask “If religion and associated methods can only answer the issues partially, what can help us in a deeper way?”
Our interest in answering the above question would imply an adventurous attitude, the willingness to explore and discover hidden currents of life, and the associated patience. These ingredients would, doubtless, sooner or later bring about an inward integration that makes us meet life squarely and be its friend. In the following paragraphs, we look into some factors that can function as catalysts in the above process.
Observation and understanding: It is good to observe the link between our mental states and the circumstances in our life. Soon we notice how a calm disposition with regard to nagging issues brings about the favorable change. We also notice that this observation makes us understand that we can be in the driver seat of our lives. We see the possibility of being in loving contact with our aspirations and letting them manifest in our life at their own time. The matter of positive thinking is only a small subset of it.
Moving with the same speed as life: We bring in a dynamic psychology to be in tune with life; that is, we don’t complain but do what is needed to keep moving with life at its own speed. That kind of trust in life gradually turns us into meeting all issues with confidence and love. This is often indicated by the NDE people as their important transformation by the experience. It would also imply that we accept life in toto and meet it vibrantly.
Understanding what lies beyond the apparent: When we show interest in understanding the esoteric side of life and the paranormal phenomena, we develop a progressive attitude towards living. They expand our perspectives and stop us from revolving within the flux of self-centered activities. We begin to pay attention to others as well. If they are interested, we will be their wayside companions in exploring the loftier purpose of life. We would never be an emotional member of any group, religious or otherwise. The resulting calmness paves the way for intelligent living.
The soul aspirations and the mental desires: We begin to appreciate the difference between soul aspirations and ego demands. That makes us sense the sacredness in all relationships, be it with human beings, the other living beings or with the so called inanimate things.
By paying attention to the above aspects, we can lead a meaningful life which moves gradually into happy waters. We live with a smile and, when the last day comes, leave with serenity in our hearts.
Related matters are covered in the book "In Quest of the Deeper Self" details of which are given in the website http://spirituality.yolasite.com