Daily Dose for the Soul

You are a lion, your intrinsic nature is bliss and fearlessness. But the lion in you has started behaving like a goat. This is called conditioning. From the moment we are brought up, we are fed with beliefs and information about ourselves and others. We are constantly made aware of our shortcomings. Somehow, we are made to believe that in order to be happy we have to constantly strive for something else, we have to do better, we have to be like someone else.

We have been conditioned, inadvertently or otherwise, by the society and other evolutionary forces. Our conditioned soul is a product of the collective intelligence of the world. We, as individuals, however, are a product of our karma and our desires. This conditioning comes to us in the form of religious, social, familial and moral values. Since eons, preceding generations have accepted such standards, mostly unquestioningly, passing them onto the successive ones.

Our conditioning makes us feel, we are inadequate, lacking something. As if we must constantly improve and strive for something. As a result, a perfectly beautiful life starts to feel inadequate as we start seeking external affirmations and approvals. You would think that your dress is amazing, or that you’re git good grades, or that you sang really well. But if your peers and loved ones feel differently, you’d suddenly feel deflated like a balloon. Somehow, their disagreement would matter to you. Somewhere you would feel that our self- assessment is not as valuable as others approval of you. This starts pretty early on during our childhood when we are constantly compared and ranked against others. At school, in college and then at work some third person is telling us what to do what not to do.

This leads to a mind that is eternally tossed between happiness and suffering, between pleasure and pain. The more we try to gel with the world outside and please others, somehow believing that others acceptance of us is a validation of our own potential, the more we start to distance from our true nature. The transmission of signal by our soul becomes weaker and weaker as we continue to move away from our true self, our real nature, Increasingly, the lion starts to think, believe and behave like a goat.

Reference : A million thoughts. Om Swami

7 Comments Add yours

  1. Powerful and insightful! great post.

    Liked by 1 person

  2. I love positive posts like this.

    Liked by 2 people

    1. GS says:

      Glad you liked it. Meditation practices vary widely around the globe, and among them are calming meditation techniques that can effectively help body and spirit.

      Liked by 1 person

  3. KENDI KARIMI says:

    I love the lion to goat analogy. Inspiring post. 👏

    Liked by 1 person

    1. GS says:

      Glad you liked it Kendi. We are all born Lions is an empowering statement for me.


  4. Manoj Mehra says:

    Well said. What people will say becomes the biggest hurdle in one’s life.

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    1. GS says:

      Manoj, People are entitled to think whatever they want, just as you are entitled to think what you want. What people think of you cannot change who you are or what you are worth, unless you allow them to. This is your life to live. At the end of the day you are the only person who needs to approve of your own choices


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