I won’t pretend that I had a hard life and I can’t even begin to imagine what it is like to grow up in a war zone or in a place where there isn’t enough food to go around. However, when someone travels from a adequately provided for existence in Southeast England, to the middle east to carry out unspeakable violence in the name of God, there is something very very wrong.
Yes, there has always been violence. Yes, there have long been wars over religion. The sad fact is that the majority of these wars pertain to the all to human interpretations of the words of the same benevolent all knowing god….
It was fortuitous that my wife sent me this lovely article about Esho Funi. “The oneness of self and environment (esho funi) means that life (sho) and its environment (e) are inseparable (funi). Funi means “two but not two.” “.
“At the most fundamental level of life itself, there is no separation between ourselves and the environment. According to Buddhism, everything around us, including work and family relationships, is the reflection of our inner lives. Everything is perceived through the self and alters according to the individual’s inner state of life. Thus, if we change ourselves, our circumstances will inevitably change also.”
I’m not too fussed about the buddahood (sounds like a band) stuff, but one of the last paragraphs pretty much sums it all up:
“The single most positive action we can make for society and the land is to transform our own lives, so that they are no longer dominated by anger, greed and fear. When we manifest wisdom, generosity and integrity, we naturally make more valuable choices, and we will find that our surroundings are nurturing and supportive.”
Sort yourself out and don’t expect external factors to make you happy. Don’t blame others for you troubles. You are just giving up control of your emotional wellbeing and without that you will never be truly happy, as you will always have to rely on others to make you happy. Accept that bad times happen, make the best of what you have and share compassion. It isn’t easy, especially if you suffered some devastating event, but ultimately it will make you a happier person and the world a better place.
Imagine a world where everyone were working toward improving them selves rather than trying to control/exploit others…..