I hear people hypocritically say that ‘they don’t care what others think.’ When I said this to a friend from the mental health clinic, I said ‘You must care what others think, or else the police will come and beat you up.’
If I didn’t care what others thought, I’d have no reason for feigned morality. If I started hitting people for offending me, then the police will beat me up and put me in mental health jail with no intention of release!
So definitely, you MUST care what others think, particularly if you are a hypocrite or a bad person, which is 99% of the people in the world today. The book of James says ‘if a person bridles his tongue, then he is a perfect man, able to control his own body.’
I’d be perfect if I could forgive and if I wasn’t so vainglorious, which means I’m a lover of people’s praise. For me, I can’t get enough of people’s approval. And I can not forgive others for never apologizing.
The reason we suffer from addictions is because we can not bear the present moment. We can not bear to sit with our pain.
But life is beautiful, regardless of whether you see it or not. There is joy to being alive. I am beginning to find hidden joy to my life. I find hidden joy in turning my friends online away from suicide. I find joy in doing good for others.
There is beauty in the world, even though we often don’t see it. There is beauty in meditating in one’s bedroom. There is beauty to be found in lying down and having a rest. There is beauty in sleep.
We should all practice gratitude meditations, to remember, that despite so much violence in the world, there is so much good. I remember a person on the bus pointed out to me that my bag had fallen off the seat. I was so grateful to him! If he hadn’t of told me, I wouldn’t of known that my bag had become an obstruction.
So please, to all my readers, stay alive! Life is beautiful, even if you or I don’t believe it. Think of the good things. Try to sit with your pain. Don’t run away from it. Journey into the present moment.
As the buddha once said ‘The root of all suffering is craving,’ as in ‘craving to satisfy an addiction.’ Once you are desireless, you can have peace. If that is not true, please leave your thoughts in the comments section. Just my opinion.