So “What is the meaning of life?” is sort of the ultimate question right? No one can give you a definitive answer. I mean, if you were to ask a hundred different people this, you’d probably get a hundred different answers, but that’s a part of the beauty of life, that we’re all able to experience it in our own special ways.
As for my two cents, I think I stumbled onto what it means for me a while back while perusing Facebook of all places. I was scrolling down my news feed (procrastinating from something or other, I’m sure), when all of the sudden my eyes beheld one of the most illumined memes ever. It was a picture of Moses holding the Ten Commandments tablet, but instead of it having the Ten Commandments scribed on it, there were only two, which read, “Be cool” and, “Don’t be an asshole” and I must say, whoever created that silly little meme was definitely onto something.
Like it or not, we can all be assholes sometimes, but the more we understand that we all come from the same shared Divinity, it will become that much easier and our asshole tendencies will lessen exponentially. We are then able to celebrate one another’s joys, passions and happiness with a sense of freedom and acceptance of who both we, and they are as human beings.
We no longer have to narrowly identify ourselves or others based on material things like the way we dress, the music we listen to, the way we pray or meditate, or the movies we watch. Many of our outdated and conditioned paradigms (whether they be spiritual, social or otherwise), have been ingrained in us without us even knowing it, but now that we are becoming aware of them, we’re free to leave them, and the asshole tendencies they have often created, behind.
Excerpt from Indie Spiritualist (Atria/Beyond Words, 2014)
~Chris Grosso, is a public speaker, writer, spiritual director of Tovio by Advocacy Unlimited, teacher with the Worldwide Insight Organization, and author of Indie Spiritualist: A No Bullshit Exploration of Spirituality (Beyond Words/Simon & Schuster) and Everything Mind: What I’ve Learned About Hard Knocks, Spiritual Awakening and the Mind-Blowing Truth of it All (Sounds True). Chris is passionate about his work with people who are in the process of healing or struggling with addictions of all kinds. He speaks and leads groups in detoxes, yoga studios, rehabs, youth centers, 12-step meetings, hospitals, conferences, and festivals worldwide. He is a member of the advisory board for Drugs over Dinner and hosts The Indie Spiritualist Podcast on the Be Here Now Network.
Excellence Reporter 2016