Dear readers, Christians have this thing about eternal life. The answer for all our tribulations lay in the after life, or better said in eternity. Forget expanding our hearts, kindness, friendship to all, compassion and the most important of all acceptance and renunciation.
I just don’t dig all the eternal life thing as a whole, specially if I have to rely on hope for happiness and joy in my eternal life. Life can become a drag if I’m waiting to pass to be able to achieve happiness, missing on in so much in the here and now.
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As Christians we shouldn’t be trying to achieve happiness or joy in a posterior life when what we should be doing is aiming to be the happiest we can here and now, in this present moment.
One of my favorite authors Thich Nhat Hanh brings living in the present moment to it’s maximum expression. This incredible Zen Master is by far a man from which I have learnt many lessons on life. I think perspective can only be gained when you listen and understand other people’s point’s of view and if I don’t share their faith that’s even better. Perspective is a gift you can make to yourself and the best part is that it costs you nothing.
As a Christian when taking Jesus out of the frivolous theological constructs that try to explain everything through dogma. I have come to understand that Jesus wasn’t foreign to living mindfully in his teachings. He preached a simple and straight forward message, over and over he would bring the importance of living today as if it was our last. Jesus not only taught, but also practiced deep compassion and love to his neighbor. I believe earnestly that he listened with compassion. Laying himself as a model for all of us who aimed to practice and live Christianity to our best.
Let me cut to the chase and establish my point, eternal life seems amazing if I think that I will become one with God the Creator, but also it looses a little bit of its bling if I don’t pursue joy and happiness in this moment in my life waiting for it in eternity.
Let’s not do eternal life a disfavor trying to aim for it when we are miserable in the here and now. Let’s find joy in today and live our day as if was our last, loving ourselves and our neighbor deeply and fully to our best of knowledge and eternity will take care of itself without us yearning for it.
Be compassionate with yourself and others and thanks for stopping by. Hasta pronto!