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What Are We Really Chasing In Life?

by Yanira Araujo
men's black crew-neck shirt and black shorts
men's black crew-neck shirt and black shorts

What are we really chasing in life? We chase stability, comfort, safety, and love. But what if I told you, what we actually want is peace. We are continually striving to obtain the security we require to feel at peace. Some of us pursue a college degree; others become entrepreneurs, and others seek jobs in their fields of interest.  

We believe that our safety comes from our ability to provide for ourselves. We are sold on the idea that by working hard during the first-half of our lives, it will enable us to live a carefree and comfortable life for the second-half of our existence. But how many cases have we seen where people’s lives fall apart even before retirement, and they are left with nothing. 

My parents spent most of their lives working full-time jobs thinking they would reach retirement. But instead were faced with unprecedented health issues that stole their ability to provide for themselves, my dad suffers from crippling back pain that at times has left him motionless. My mom was diagnosed with fibromyalgia. Fibromyalgia is chronic muscle pain that consumes your entire body. Some mornings the pain is so intense that she is unable to eat due to being fatigued.  

What I am trying to have us think about is that safety is a construct of a fear-based mentality. There is no such thing as safety existing outside of our minds. Adopting this concept creates the illusion of stability.

In academia, we spend our time researching the external world. But what happened to being emotionally intelligent? When do we learn to manage our emotions and to control our thoughts?

We could never control the external world. Control can only be achieved in the inner world – our mind. Your reaction to what happens to you in life is the only thing you have dominion over. Let us stop chasing illusions.  

The mind is the tool we use to create, But it can also be an impediment. Dualism exists everywhere, including our minds, which is why we can create Heaven or Hell inside of us.

Couldn’t peace be reached right now at this very moment? 

So why continue chasing? 

I will leave you with part 2 of the 4 Notecards I found in a book.

(part one- Are You Searching For The Clues Of The Universe?)

If you don’t get what you want, you suffer: if you get what you don’t want, you suffer: even when you get exactly what you want, you still suffer because you can’t hold onto it forever.
Your mind is your predicament.
It wants to be free of change, free of pain, free of the obligations of life and death. But change is law, and no amount of pretending will alter that reality.Dis-illusion is literally a freeing from illusions. But we cling to our illusions.

The world is full of people with minds whirring faster than any wind, in search of distraction and escape from the predicament of change, the dilemma of life & death- seeking purpose, security, enjoyment, trying to make sense of the mystery. Everyone lives in a confused, bitter search. Reality never matches their dreams; happiness is just around the corner – A corner no one turns. And the source of it all is the human MIND.

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