When my friend Leah asked me to write my thoughts on our generation, and its mentality I knew i will take it to the way which speaks to me, Spirituality.
I add here the text i wrote, many thanks to my friend Meira from helping me with editing it.
Our generation through my humble eyes
In my opinion, our generation is only continuing the inheritance it got from previous generations. Throughout history, the one thing we all been looking for is happiness! Health and wealth have simply been means to achieve happiness. Lots of things around the globe influence us during our generation, like the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, the economic crisis and many other events. We, as individuals let these events affect our happiness, and in my opinion we need to focus on something else, in order to get the happiness we are looking for so desperately. The key to this happiness is one. Finding out our true nature! Finding out who we really are! Unless we know that, all the other things are meaningless. I had come to this conclusion after I went to study Yoga and Ayurveda, two systems of ancient India. In Yoga, we search for our true self through meditation, specific poses and practices, while in Ayurveda we focus on healing the body so we can give a healthy ‘dwelling place’ for the true self.
One of the methods of finding the true self is ‘to go’ inside, to find what is happening in the depth of our minds. In order to do it, we try and take the awareness inside, rather than outside. Our generation is very much the opposite; we tend to take the awareness outside! All the new devices which carry our attention onto the outside (iPhones, iPads etc.) do this. We tend to jump from one idea to the next and too often we become unfocused. Of course the events occurring in the world can be to blame, but as I usually say: “if you find something wrong around you, first check yourself”. And we must check ourselves; we need to start looking for the true self, which unfortunately we aren’t taught to do in school.
Another thing I would like to add concerns time. In today’s world we do not have time for anything, we can’t wait, and we have no patience. In medicine a patient is called so, because patience is a characteristic he must hold in order to be cured. We are looking for instant information, instant meals, and instant life! We need to understand that is not the right way to live our lives, and patience always pays off in the long run.
Lots of these happenings and even things that had happened in the past had influenced me in taking the path of Spirituality, Yoga and Ayurveda. Each one of us may have a different choice, but we will all go through a path towards happiness. I will end just the way I had started, happiness is our all human destination, and may we all reach it soon!