Essentials of nourishing our spirits

Hisilicon Balong

Millennials have gone all out in search of liberty and in that battle have lost something; nourishment of the spirit. They are concerned with achievement, goals, and success that revolves around things that are material. In these life-long quests they have forgotten about the unseen emotions, feelings and beliefs that are essential for souls like the air for breathing.

There are tons of applications used by millions of millennials like me to accomplish variety of tasks but happiness eludes us. It seems like happiness has become a holograph, you try to grab it and it is nothing but thin air. Why is that? Why can we not be happy about ourselves and our work? The answer is simple: we are not getting enough spiritual nourishment that brings out our happy ‘self’, we are not feeding our souls right.

The essence of delightful soul rests in sacrifice. Once Rumi said “little by little wean yourself. This is the gist of what I have to say”. Weaning carves a character out of a person who is content. Contentment is not synonymous with inaction rather it is the ability of seeing the path and treading it with patience no matter what comes ahead. This is the sheer result of a well-nourished mind that is bound to achieve ‘happiness’ in life whether it achieves or fails.

“One must first learn, unmoved, looking neither to the right nor left, to walk firmly on the straight and narrow path, before one can begin ‘to make one’s self over again.” Habit – William James

Balance comes when we give our minds a taste of our own yearning. ‘Will’ requires this balance and it is nothing but a conscious control of our self; weaning away from things that don’t matter but always seem to matter. When we change our self, slouching towards a new path, we come closer to treating our minds with satisfaction of finally doing what we really wanted to do. This way of ‘changing’ for the better is the essence of gratifying our souls with all kinds of tasty flavors of contentment and a strong will power that is the source of all action and beauty.

We are here because of our collaboration and we were not alone in it. The sum of human history is the product of people working together with zeal and zest.

“Happiness is only real when shared” Into the Wild – Christopher Mccandless.

So sharing, communicating, connecting, and collaborating minds are the result of a healthy ‘mindful’ diet. We need to join hands in building a bright and worry free future of our generations and when we make ourselves join hands with other people we are nourishing our character and of those ahead of us.

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Life is a bed of roses!

I just googled it right now. The first result was of a wikipedia article for the french movie “Life is a bed of roses”. Three intertwined stories that take place at the same forest of Ardennes. The subsequent results were of the dictionary meanings of the idiom. I googled it because I just had a thought about what I have heard many times from people saying that ‘life is not a bed roses’. When I say to them that it is neither a bed of thorns they say no it is a bed of thorns and that you are too optimistic. Well! it is good to be full of optimism then to regard life as counting of days till your last breath. The rhetoric goes on.

People say hope is a privilege for those who have been given all the necessities. In my opinion their are no limits of what people can achieve in their limited life span. This has nothing to do with what you have and what you don’t, it is about learning to weave your dreams into reality bit by bit, thread by thread. The motivations we have in our lives are just the products of this very way but we fail to appreciate the hard work put in by the muses we seek. I know it is very hard to be optimistic in a world where there is hunger, despair, oppression, and what not. It is difficult to gather yourself up and do all the knitting of dreams but it is the gist of the purpose we are being sent here.

I am a reflection!

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We are a reflection of everybody. The people we meet, the personalities we love, the teachers who taught us, the parents who gave birth to us, are all reflected in our personality in one way or the other. We have a choice to hang out with the people we care about, to have ideals we like, and these ideals and people actually imprint on us not only their thoughts, they define our ways of thinking, they define our morals, our habits and each and everything that we do in our lives. Once I read this verse of Iqbal:

The individual is firm by nation’s coherence, otherwise nothing
The wave is only in the ocean, and outside it is nothing

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I didn’t understand its meanings. But now I understand it, now I know that a wave cannot be outside the ocean. It is always inside. An individual’s life can not be, it must be in communion with others. The whole of the universe is in communion with itself. What purpose do you think it is fulfilling? It is I believe working for us, working for us humans.

There is however another aspect to it as well: Freedom. Freedom from merely reflecting the society, allows us to create, imagine and think of things that are not there in us and in fact they take us to another level of reflections. This apparent non conformity can be achieved if we have knowledge that is not shared by our society. This foreign knowledge enables us to be free from the shackles of norms. If this apparent non conformity is strong enough and it gathers enough support it can alter the course of history. Apart from knowledge, it is the will to seek more than accepted realities, that frees us from the reflections of the society.

These reflections are said to be of our soul, our rooh, our God. There is a presence of a soul in everybody that feels, it is not just a neurological machine that does all the thinking without a presence of something greater, something more human. This soul is what connects humanity together. That lets us feel the pain of people across the globe without any boundaries. The soul that tells us that this is right and this is wrong. This concept of right and wrong is not much different in different cultures and civilizations. It is the same. The grand unity of humanity will only result when we begin to hear more to our souls, to the part of our body that feels. Only then all the sufferings can end and humanity can move on to fulfill its destiny.

Is it then, the right behavior to non conform to a society we have been made from? The answer to this question provides us an insight to the problem of individual’s rights and collective responsibility. Both are necessary for the human life to continue. It is the inherent need of the human to non conform to the dogmas of the society, this freedom unleashes its potentials, while this freedom does not grant an individual the right to obstruct communal life of the society. True freedom will actually help both the society and the individual to grow. I think it is a bit confusing. But I think this is what Iqbal and some other scholars have agreed to and I am myself inclined to this idea.