Decoding the Modern Misery and its Remedy

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decoding the modern misery & its remedy

In the ancient wisdom of the Bhagavad Gita, there lies a profound verse that encapsulates the essence of living a harmonious life: “युक्ताहारविहारस्य युक्तचेष्टस्य कर्मसु | युक्तस्वप्नावबोधस्य योगो भवति दु:खहा ||” This verse, spoken by Lord Krishna, expounds the idea that for the individual who maintains balance in diet and recreation, who engages in actions with appropriate effort, and who regulates sleep and wakefulness, yoga becomes a liberator from suffering.

If we adopt this philosophy, we set forth towards understanding the significance of moderation in every aspect of life, to see past the myth of moderation being a restraint – towards being free from the shackles of suffering. It is a mindful approach to living, wherein we cultivate awareness of our actions and their consequences.

The allure of consumerism is omnipresent around us, enticing us with promises of fulfillment through the acquisition of more. Society bombards us with messages that equate happiness with material possessions and status symbols. 

The Excitement of Excess 

Let’s look into some examples:

Indulging an excessively unbalanced diet may provide temporary pleasure, but it inevitably leads to physical discomfort and illness. Similarly, excessive engagement in gossip or partying may seem enjoyable initially, but it often results in mental fatigue, shallow relationships, and wasted time. With moderation, we can nurture a healthier mind and body, fostering deeper connections and meaningful experiences.

Also, instead of succumbing to the temptation of constant communication through social media, we can allocate dedicated time for face-to-face interactions with loved ones. By striking a balance between virtual and real-world connections, we allow our bonds to deepen to further cultivate genuine friendships that can withstand the test of time.

Unfortunately for some of us who often fall into the trap of accumulating possessions beyond our needs. It’s not completely our fault. Materialism lies to us. It sells an idea of abundance while taking away our hard earned money and energy in maintaining them. But to take back control, we have to take some actions. Instead of seeking fulfillment through the acquisition of more possessions, we can get curious on what exactly enriches our lives and bring us true joy.

However we are shaped by these modern-day-socially-acceptable norms, as we start dissecting our habits, we begin to recognize its profound impact on our overall well-being. In a world inundated with messages of consumption and excess, the concept of moderation serves as a beacon of wisdom. It allows space, both in us and around us, for making room for what is important, meaningful and nurturing. It reminds us to pause and evaluate the true value of our pursuits, guiding us towards a more balanced and fulfilling existence.

The key to Feeling Fulfilled 

But to get better at something, we must understand it well first. So to see past our pleasure-seeking behavior, we need to look more closely. In recognizing the relentless pursuit of luxury to the incessant craving for novelty, we’ll see that we simply want to balance out the emptiness that lies beneath our surface. It is not easy to face, nor is it easy to work with. But to begin in the simplest way would be to allow the wisdom of the ancient into you and to integrate them into your existence. In remembering “युक्ताहारविहारस्य युक्तचेष्टस्य कर्मसु | युक्तस्वप्नावबोधस्य योगो भवति दु:खहा ||”  you can reclaim your agency and rediscover the joy of balance and simplicity; learn to savor each moment mindfully.

Change takes time and so do their results. But in beginning with moderation, like a pinch of salt to your food, you can begin by one small moderation into your life wherever needed. And when you look back in a year’s time you’d see how much – little yet meaningful change you have fostered in your own life. Because we are after all the sum of our choices, with each mindful one you make, you inch closer to a life of balance.

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