"Correcting oneself is correcting the whole world. The Sun is simply bright. It does not correct anyone. Because it shines, the world is full of light. Transforming yourself is a means of giving light to the whole world." - Ramana Maharshi
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What you believe the world is manifests everything in your life. It's an old cliche, but it's true: Your attitude determines the outcome.When you change your opinions and perspective of the world, the world changes. Your mission isn't to fix the world, but to fix yourself. Then, and only then, will the world be set right.
The world does not change. We change.
We are all personally responsible for the state of the entire world because the world only mirrors our inner selves. War, disease, famine, pollution, and corruption are all reflections of the inner crisis gripping us individually, and therefor collectively. Each of us has our own reality, and that reality is a fragment of our collective consciousness which is projected outward upon our environment.
In order to create a happy world, each one of us on an individual level must become happy. Your life needs to center around making you happy. And what drives us as humans to become happy? What, deep down, creates a genuine lasting contentment?
When you gain a raise at work, or a new book, you feel happier right? But does it last?
When you help someone in need the happiness lasts and lasts. You feel warm when you look back on good deeds you've done for someone. Even if they didn't fully appreciate what you did, even if they never knew how much you helped them, you can still feel that warm glow of knowing you did the right thing.
And what makes us unhappy? You were upset when your favorite show got canceled, or when your pet died, but after time, everything was okay again, wasn't it? What is it that creates a life-long depression? What is it that makes you unhappy continually?
It's not the canceled TV program, and it's not your struggle at your minimum wage job, or the jerk in traffic who cuts you off.
What makes us unhappy every single day is the continual pain we experience. The headache, the stomachache, the muscle cramp, the sinus pressure, or whatever pain you experience. The unhappiness comes from feeling too tired to do what you want to do. Unhappiness comes from being too disorganized and scatter-brained to remember your child's recital or your best friend's birthday-party. Unhappiness comes from not being able to remember things you know you ought to be able to remember, or from being sick so often that you're not doing well in school.
Changing the world is thus: Become happy, become healthy. Do thus, and the world will be more significantly changed than any amount of charity money you could ever donate.
Taking full responsibility for your life will cultivate success because it forces you to research the effects you experience back to the causes. Understanding the cause and effect of everything impact within your life is the key to transforming your life for the better.
The more you understand about the effects of your day to day lifestyle and how you behave and interact with your environment, the more clear it will become that you really are the cause of everything that happens to you.
There are, of course, exceptionally bad situations where no one can work out why something horrific happened, but the horrific crimes committed against some of us are not what's important. What's important is what we learn from these experiences; how we react, how we grow, how we push past them.
To cultivate this feeling of inner-worth and responsibility, write this in your journal, blog, or on some other place visible to you on a regular basis: "I am completely responsible for my own wonderful life, vibrant health and continual happiness."
I think we're here to discover that our darker sides are less real, less important, and less useful than our good sides. To grow and learn that happiness comes from helping others.
The truth within ourselves is that we love being loved, and we are loved when we love others and do for others as we would do for ourselves.
After I read "The Art of Happiness" I realized that most of the time I'm not happy because I'm not feeling like I'm accomplishing enough. And I only feel like I'm accomplishing enough when I'm helping others.
Hence why I spend so much time harping on people about nutrition. Yeah, it annoys a lot of people, but those who really listen make big changes in their lives and are so thankful that it makes it all worth while.
Here are some further posts I've written that will help you gain the resources you need to overcome depression, melancholy and discontentment and discover happiness:
Interdependence: The Art of Happiness: Best Book I Ever Read
Mind-set Changes: Blog: Loving Life
Physical Setbacks: Poisons: Things That Will Make You Miserable
Healing Your Body: Becoming Healthy
Understanding Your Reactions: Oxytocin: The Natural Chemical Reaction Creating Love
Impact of Thought: The Power of your Imagination
Common Trends: Changing Your Negative Habits
Your Image: Drinking: It Affects More Than Your Health
Worldview: The Cage You're In