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The Importance of Being Earnest

By Rajgopal Nidamboor

 

Most of us may be emotionally ‘grown-up,’ or so we think, but not all of us understand the true essence of life. This is reason why people who reflect pragmatically endeavour to chart their way to fulfilment, and not just success, by working earnestly towards reaching and also achieving their goals. This relates to a matured level of emotional acceptance too which begins only when we have positive emotions — even when they are yet to gain the level of what philosophers refer to as the totality of one’s experience.



Taking responsibility for our actions and consequences is one thing. Living that experience, or emotionally mature life, is another. However this may be, you will climb a few notches up the ladder of such a conscious experience once you allow your thought process to perceive things as they are, or experience their interconnectedness and establish empathy with others.


When one is emotionally mature, one is able to express oneself without vacillation, fear, or favour. No feelings of uncertainty, or callous intent, will now cloud their psyche, because they would have reached a higher level on the plane of awareness to usher in change for optimal personal growth. You’d call this your own elevated state — it is not just the preserve of saints, but an achievable prospect for each of us. It is the transformation of our tiny resources which would have, perhaps, remained untapped before. It relates, no less, to the easing of prejudice, or one’s bloated sense of self. It holds the key to ‘letting go’ of our top-heavy, unwanted emotional baggage too.


Happy New Year!

 

Rajgopal Nidamboor, PhD, is a wellness physician-writer-editor, independent researcher, columnist, author, and publisher. His published work includes hundreds of newspaper, magazine, Web articles, essays, meditations, columns, and critiques on a host of subjects, aside from four books on natural health, two coffee table tomes, a handful of eBooks, and an encyclopedic treatise on Indian philosophy. He calls himself an irrepressible idealist. What he likes best is spending quality time with his family and close friends, and in reading, writing, listening to music, watching cricket/old movies, and mindful meditation. He lives in Navi Mumbai, India.

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